23. ilb 06. – 16.09.2023

Contemporary Arabic Literature – Not Dead But Sleeping: Haytham El-Wardany, Anna Della Subin

22. internationales literaturfestival berlin [© Hartwig Klappert]
22. internationales literaturfestival berlin [© Hartwig Klappert]

Sleep is omnipresent in Arabic literature. In sleep, people encounter their past and are able to overcome it. They experience sympathy and equality with the objects and living beings that surround them. Haytham El-Wardany, author of »Book of Sleep«, talks with Anna Della Subin, who explores the history of sleep in the Arab world in the essay »Not Dead But Sleeping«, about sleep as a state in which we can find protection, escape, solace, and freedom, and about the creation of fictional dream worlds.

Moderation: Stefan Weidner
Language: English