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What does the future hold for the people of Palestine? It is not merely a political or identity question. The Palestinian question has currently taken on such proportions that it also explores the limits of the imagination. Respectively living in Reykjavík, and between Jerusalem and Berlin, writers Mazen Maarouf and Adania Shibli will explore the futures of Palestine literature during a conversation with Brigitte Herremans. This evening is a part of our focus on Arabfuturism.

Mazen Maarouf is a Palestinian-Icelandic author, poet, translator and journalist. He is the son of Palestinian refugees. He has already published three collections of poetry that have been translated into numerous languages. His recently-published collection of short stories, Jokes for the Gunmen, has been praised by readers and press alike.    

Adania Shibli has been present in the Arabian literary scene since 1996, resulting in the Young Writer’s Award of Palestine, twice, and being named on of the Beirut39, a group of the best Arab writers under 40. Her newest novel, Minor Detail, will be published this spring by Fitzcarraldo Editions.