Tue 24 February 2015
6.30 p.m.-9.00 p.m.
Waterstone's Piccadilly (4th floor), 203/206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD


In conversation: SINAN ANTOON
Winner of 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

Sinan Antoon  Front cover of The Corpse Washer

for the translation of his own novel The Corpse Washer

"Heart-warming and horrifying, sad and sensuous, in equal measure, The Corpse Washer, set in Iraq post-2003, explores the fracturing effects that war, occupation and civil strife have on young Jawad, his family and his friends. Its unadorned, almost affectless narrative has won the novel the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation."

Paul Blezard, Sinan Antoon and Khyam Allami at Waterstones Piccadilly

Introduced by Banipal Trust Chair Paul Starkey, prizewinner Sinan Antoon was in conversation with writer Paul Blezard, from the judging panel. With special performances by virtuoso oud player Khyam Allami

Sinan reading from The Corpse Washer

Sinan Antoon gave moving readings from The Corpse Washer, with Khyam Allami providing delicately crafted accompaniment. The evening culminated with a book-signing and reception, many people queuing with their newly purchasd copies of The Corpse Washer for Sinan to sign; in fact, Waterstones ran out of copies that day!

Sinan signing copies of The Corpse Washer

Susannah Tarbush's Tanjara blogspot features a fascinating illustrated report on this "Memorable evening in London celebrating Sinan Antoon winning the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize" including a transcript of the conversation.

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