Iraqi author presents book reading March 3 at ASU



Article Published: Feb. 17, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Iraqi author Samuel Shimon will read from his work Thursday, March 3, at Appalachian State University.

His 3:30 p.m. reading will be in the University Bookstore in Plemmons Student Union. His visit is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Department of Philosophy and Religion and the global studies program.

Shimon's novel "An Iraqi in Paris" was published in English in 2010 by the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation. 

The Arab press described the novel as "unique in Arabic language - reminds us of Henry Miller" and "one of the gems of autobiographical writings in the modern period - the era of the image and the revolution of the spectacle" and "a manifesto of tolerance."

The Times Literary Supplement described it as "a forgiving and powerful book" and The Independent called it "an Arabic answer to Miller's 'Tropic of Cancer.'"

"An Iraqi in Paris" (English translation) was long-listed for the 2007 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was nominated for the long list of the 2006 Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Literary Reportage in 2006. A Swedish edition was published in 2007 and a French edition was published in 2008.

Shimon also is the co-founder editor and publisher of Banipal Magazine of Modern Arabic Literature. Shimon also is the founding editor of the most popular literary website in Arabic, http://www.kikah.com.

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