Alaa al-Aswany

Alaa al-Aswany

  • Alaa al-Aswany

    How I Helped My Novel Character

    “At some point I feel that the characters do exist… they become independent.” Watch the praised Egyptian novelist Alaa al-Aswany in this short and humorous conversation about his – autonomous – novel characters.

  • 8 Writers

    on Facing the Blank Page

    “It’s like a slightly overweight, bald boss saying: ‘Oy, get to work! You’re supposed to be a writer, aren’t you? You can’t just sit around on your fat ass waiting to be inspired’.” Hear how David Mitchell and seven other authors face the blank page.

  • 11 Writers

    Advice to the Young

    What would some of the greatest writers of our time advise their younger peers? Find out here where Jonathan Franzen, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Richard Ford, Umberto Eco and seven others share their thoughts on how to make it as a writer.

  • Alaa al-Aswany

    On Facing the Blank Page

    “You will always have this conflict between what you want to say, and what you could say.” Watch Egyptian novelist Alaa al-Aswany on how writing is about overcoming obstacles, and the significance a blank page can potentially have in Egypt.

  • Alaa al-Aswany

    Literature Writes Human History

    “The role of literature is to raise questions.” In this in-depth interview, the charismatic Egyptian novelist Alaa al-Aswany shares his thoughts on writing about sex, his close relationship to his novel characters and the impact of literature on history.

  • Alaa al-Aswany

    Tribute to the Woman

    Best-selling Egyptian novelist Alaa al-Aswany is at no loss for words when it comes to expressing his high regard for women: “I believe that there are more heroines than heroes – both in literature and in life.” Watch his interesting reasons.

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    Dictatorship is a Disease

    Why is dictatorship so hard to get rid of? Best-selling Egyptian novelist, Alaa al-Aswany, here presents us with surprising takes on a continuously hot topic.