Conversation in English with subtitles available in English, Dutch and French.
This interview was recorded before the August 4 explosion in Beirut.
Mazen Maarouf (1978) is a Palestinian-Icelandic author, poet, translator and journalist. He is the son of Palestinian refugees and grew up in Lebanon. He has already published three collections of poetry that have been translated into numerous languages. His collection of short stories, Jokes for the Gunmen, has been praised by readers and press alike and was translated in 10 languages.
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