IPAF-shortlisted Novelist Dima Wannous on ‘The Condition That Precedes Fear’

Arabic Literature (in English)

Dima Wannous’s The Frightened is on this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist. Wannous spoke with ArabLit’s Hend Saeed about the novel, being translated by Elisabeth Jaquette and scheduled for a 2019 English release:

By Hend Saeed

Syrian author Dima Wannous was born in 1982 and studied French literature, first at Damascus University and then the Sorbonne. Her short-story collection, Details, was published in 2007 and was later translated into German. Her first novel, Chair, followed a year later, in 2008. She has written for newspapers and magazines such as Al Safir, Al Hayat, The Washington Post, and Jadaliyya, managed the cultural section of the e-magazine Moodon between 2012-2014 and currently presents a cultural television show.

This year, Wannous participated in two sessions at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature: “Lessons from the Levant,” with author and former UK Ambassador to Lebanon Thomas Fletcher and author and…

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