Friday Finds: Youssef Fadel in The New Yorker

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You can read it all at   The New Yorker   and then read an excerpt of Fadel’s   A Beautiful White Cat Walks with Me,   tr. The sixties was an era of Marxism everywhere in the world. That was culture. Engaged theatre,” he said. Engaged novels. He began writing plays in the nineteen-sixties. Nicolas Niarchos talks to Moroccan novelist and playwright Youssef Fadel in   The New Yorker,   in   “’To Be a Writer You Have to Be Against the State’: Youssef Fadel Illuminates Morocco’s Past and Present”:
Fadel without his signature hat with translator Alex Elinson. Alex Elinson, at Hoopoe Fiction, followed by an excerpt of   A Rare Blue Bird Flies with Me,   tr. “All culture back then was Marxist. Jonathan Smolin. Photo credit: The Moroccan- American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange
From the piece:
We walked over to a hotel lobby near the rail station, where Fadel told me about falling in with a leftist crowd during his youth. When you wanted to make something cultural, when you read, you read engaged writing. Fadel goes on to say:
“To be a writer you have to be against the state, firstly,” Fadel insisted.