Alaa al-Aswany

Monday 22 September 2008 at 20:00

The Queen's Hall

The International Author's Stage

The Yacoubian Building is a novel which no lover of novels will be able to put down without loving novels even more”.

Those were the words of Politiken’s critic about the book by Alaa al-Aswany – who is one of the most popular writers in the Middle East ever. Aswany is nothing short of a phenomenon in modern Arabic literature – he is quite simply the most successful writer ever. A success that might be explained by the fact that he dares to break taboos and consistently deals with some of the major no-go areas in Arab culture: politics, religion and sex.

The Yacoubian Building has not only spellbound the Arab world, but has gone from strength to strength the world over and has sold more than 50,000 copies in Denmark alone. A success which Aswany takes very seriously. The British newspaper ‘The Guardian’ quotes him thus:

“Being Arab novelists, especially ones living in Arab countries, we have a duty to fight for democracy. Dictatorships are the main problem in the Arab world and I can't think of any novelist who doesn't care about what is happening in his or her own country. Having been translated into 21 non-Arab languages and having readers all over the world, I feel a great sense of responsibility.”.

Now the Egyptian internationally renowned writer comes to International Authors Stage in The Black Diamond to join in conversation with Jakob Skovgaard Petersen, where Aswany will talk about his exuberant bestseller novel, as well as about his latest novel which will be published in Danish on the day.


Standard  DKK 60
Students DKK 30
Members Free


Restaurant søren k will be serving a glass of wine after the event.

Tickets at BILLETnet and in the Diamond

The talk will be conducted in English.

The event is staged in cooperation with publishers HR FERNINAND.