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Stars of Arabic Literature

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Adonis, from Syria, is considered the most important contemporary Arabic poet. His work has finally been translated into Dutch. Tonight Adonis receives the first copy of his poetry collection Wat blijft (What Remains) from Rotterdam's Mayor Aboutaleb, an avowed fan. After that, Egypt's Alaa al Aswany—famous for The Yacoubian Building, his taboo-busting novel that stirred up the Arab world—also presents new work in translation: The Automobile Club of Cairo. In English