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Mano Bouzamour

Mano Bouzamour
Mano Bouzamour

(Amsterdam, 1991) won first place as a storyteller at the Rozentuin Festival and has been a columnist for Het Parool newspaper since 2014. His debut De belofte van Pisa (The Promise of Pisa, 2013), based on the author's Amsterdam life, caused a stir and was a great success. Some Moroccans considered him a traitor while others regard him as a role model. His novel, full of delectable Moroccan slang, is especially popular among students. Protagonist Sam, called Samir at home, is an elitist rascal who doesn't seem to have many chances in life. His parents barely speak Dutch, his brother is criminal, his sisters work cash registers, and his friends have no life goals. But Sam is different; he loves classical music and wants to attend grammar school. However, he can barely assert himself at the elitist white school.

(WU 15 GR)

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  • Winternachten 2015

    Opening Night: Free the Word!

    With: David Van Reybrouck, Dinar Rahayu, Farah Karimi, John Ralston Saul, Joris Wijsmuller, Karl Ove Knausgård, Leela Corman, Mano Bouzamour, Manon Uphoff, Mohammed Benzakour, Nelleke Noordervliet, Pauni Trio, Petra Stienen, Razan al-Maghrabi, Ton van de Langkruis

    A special opening night featuring a keynote speech by Karl Ove Knausgård, the Oxfam Novib PEN Awards for Freedom of Expression, a debate moderated by Petra Stienen, and concluding words by David Van Reybrouck.

    Freedom of speech and the power of the word are central issues on the festival's opening night. The president of PEN International, John Ralston Saul, will introduce the Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård, who delivers the keynote Free Word Speech. Farah Karimi, director of Oxfam Novib will announce the laureates of the prestigious Oxfam Novib PEN Awards for Freedom of Expression. The awards honour writers who seek out and propagate the truth, sometimes at the risk of their own lives. Razan al-Maghrabi was one of the laureates, who could be present at the festival to receive the award. After an interview with Manon Uphoff (president of PEN Nederland), there will be adebate, moderated by Petra Stienen, on religious extremism and the value of provocation. Panellists include writers Mohammed Benzakour, Mano Bouzamour, cartoonist Leela Corman and Dinar Rahayu (Indonesia). David Van Reybrouck rounds out the evening with one his poems. After the programme, Writers Unlimited chair Nelleke Noordervliet and Alderman for culture of The Hague Joris Wijsmuller adress founder and festivaldirector Ton van de Langkruis on the occasion of the 20th edition of the festival. This event was put together with the collaboration of PEN International, PEN Nederland and Oxfam Novib.