Save the date for a very special In Town Tonight with Hisham Bustani.
Hisham Bustani is an award-winning Jordanian author of five collections of short fiction and poetry. He is acclaimed for his bold style and unique narrative voice, and often experiments with the boundaries of short fiction and prose poetry. Much of his work revolves around issues related to social and political change, particularly the dystopian experience of post-colonial modernity in the Arab world. His work has been described as “bringing a new wave of surrealism to [Arabic] literary culture, which missed the surrealist revolution of the last century,” and it has been said that he “belongs to an angry new Arab generation. Indeed, he is at the forefront of this generation – combining an unbounded modernist literary sensibility with a vision for total change…. His anger extends to encompass everything, including literary conventions.” Hisham’s fiction and poetry have been translated into many languages, with English-language translations appearing in prestigious journals across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, including The Kenyon Review, The Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, World Literature Today, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. In 2009, he was chosen by the German review Inamo as one of the Arab world’s emerging and influential new writers. In 2013, the U.K.-based cultural webzine The Culture Trip listed him as one of Jordan’s top six contemporary writers. His book The Perception of Meaning (Syracuse University Press, 2015) won the 2014 University of Arkansas Arabic Translation Award, and received an honorary mention from the Modern Language Association’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work in 2015. Hisham is the Arabic Fiction Editor of the Amherst College-based literary review The Common. One of his stories was featured in the inaugural edition of The Best Asian Short Stories anthology (Singapore: Kitaab, 2017). He is the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Residency for Artists and Writers for 2017.
If you came to the Winter 2017 Poetry Review launch, you’ll remember his poetry films. This time, we’re honoured to welcome him in person.
More details to come shortly – but we’ll follow our usual ‘In Town Tonight’ format, and meet at 7pm for chatting and mingling, and start the readings at 7.30pm.