Two former Cullman Center fellows, Robyn Creswell and Adam Shatz, talk about Creswell’s translations of the Egyptian novelist’s fictional masterpiece, That Smell, and his Notes from Prison.

A critic, translator, and scholar specializing in Arabic literature and comparative modernisms, Robyn Creswell is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University and the poetry editor of The Paris Review. In 2010 he published a translation, from the French, of Abdelfattah Kilito’s novel The Clash of Images.

Adam Shatz is a contributing editor at The London Review of Books, for which he regularly reports from the Middle East. His articles have also appeared in The New York Review of Books, Slate, and The Nation. He is currently a consultant to the Open Society Institute’s Arab Transitions Forum.

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