With many events crammed into an exciting weekend -- as ever, the LRB brings intelligence, dialogue, style and diversity to literary festival season, with speakers from the Arabic world including Mourid Barghouti (in conversation with Ruth Padel, sure to be a hot ticket!), Hanan al-Shaykh, Elias Khoury and Faïza Guène. The LRB website has more information about events and venues; tickets can be booked on 00 44 (0)20 7269 9030, or books [at] lrbshop.co.uk.
Friday 19 June
3 p.m. Hanan al-Shaykh with Esther Freud
Lebanese author Hanan al-Shaykh examines Arab women’s role in society with Esther Freud.
Saturday 20 June
12 p.m. Translation: Making a Whole Culture Intelligible?
with Independent Foreign Fiction Prize-winning translators Anne McLean, Anthea Bell, Daniel Hahn and Frank Wynne
Anthony Burgess insisted that ‘translation is not a matter of words only’. Umberto Eco has said that ’translation is the art of failure‘. So, what do translators hope to achieve?
2 p.m. Ma Jian with Flora Drew
Ma Jian discusses his novel Beijing Coma and Chinese repression with his translator Flora Drew. Chair: Boyd Tonkin
4 p.m. Faïza Guène with Sarah Ardizzone
Faïza Guène examines the linguistic and cultural chasm between French-Algerian immigrants and the Parisian establishment with her translator Sarah Ardizzone. Interpreter: Carine Kennedy
Sunday 21 June
12 p.m. Dubravka Ugrešić with Lisa Appignanesi
Dubravka Ugrešić ponders femininity, ageing, identity and her new novel Baba Yaga Laid an Egg with Lisa Appignanesi.
2 p.m. Mourid Barghouti with Ruth Padel
Palestinian writer Mourid Barghouti and British poet Ruth Padel talk about language and exile, themes which permeate his poetry collection Midnight.
3.30 p.m. Voicing the Masters (and Mistresses): Translation with Variations
Marina Warner is in conversation with Robert Chandler about Russian translation, with particular reference to Platonov.
5.30 p.m. Elias Khoury with Jeremy Harding
Lebanese author Elias Khoury talks to the journalist Jeremy Harding about the narrative frameworks of his recent fiction.
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