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The tone and the Music

Winternachten 1 -
Hassnae Bouazza, Iman Humaydan en Gustaaf Peek - foto Serge Ligtenberg
Hassnae Bouazza, Iman Humaydan en Gustaaf Peek - foto Serge Ligtenberg

The Lebanese Iman Humaydan is a sociologist, writer, journalist, conservationist and human rights activist. In her novels there is not much explicit that reminds one of her activism. Her commitment is packed in stories about people trying to save themselves against the backdrop of her troubled fatherland. But as a journalist she lets loose, distancing herself easily from her poetic, sometimes dreamy style. What's behind that? Does she think literature is not meant to change the world? And what does The Dutch writer Gustaaf Peek think about that? He shows his commitment by writing about current affairs in his novels. In English