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Elias Khoury with Jeremy Harding

Lebanese author Elias Khoury talks to the journalist Jeremy Harding about the narrative frameworks of his recent fiction.

Edward Said described Elias Khoury as an artist who gives ‘voice to rooted exiles and trapped refugees, to dissolving boundaries and changing identities, to radical demands and new languages’. Best known to English readers for his epic Gate of the Sun, Khoury’s new novel is Yalo, translated by Peter Theroux. Yalo is a soldier who becomes a deserter, thief, nightwatchman in Paris, arms smuggler, then rapist. The novel, a modern-day take on the Arabian Nights, revisits Lebanon’s sectarian civil war through a series of confessions extracted under torture. He will be in discussion with the author and journalist Jeremy Harding, a contributing editor at the LRB, who has written extensively on Khoury’s life and work.


Elias Khoury | talks
Jeremy Harding | talks


Date and Time:

21 June 2009 at 5:30 pm


1 hour



London Review Bookshop
14 Bury Place
020 7269 9030

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£8 (£5)

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