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Two Houses

WINTERNACHT 1 -
Michiel van Kempen, Margot Dijkgraaf en Alaa Al Aswany  - foto Serge Ligtenberg
Michiel van Kempen, Margot Dijkgraaf en Alaa Al Aswany  - foto Serge Ligtenberg

A daily topic of conversation in the Arab press still: Omaret Yacoubian, the adaptation of the novel by Alaa Al Aswany. A story about corruption, fundamentalism, adultery, drugs, trade and homosexuality. People cry out against the film, but the cinemas in Egypt are jam-packed. The Dutch translation of the novel about the Yacoubian, an apartment building in Cairo, was presented in Winternachten. Writer Aswany talked to Michiel van Kempen, who in his novel Vluchtwegen sketches a critical image of life in an apartment building in the heterogeneous Bijlmermeer. Discussion in English.