Meanwhile, in Italy: A Festival of Migrant Literature

Arabic Literature (in English)

While in certain quarters, public officials wile away the hours calling on companies to out their foreign workers, and in others, they’re erecting imaginary walls, Palermo, Italy is staging a Festival of Migrant Literature:

logo-flm_nuovoIt’s apparently not the first. There was a migrant literature festival in Sesto San Giovanni in early June and the September Mantua Literature Festival also focused on migrant stories.

The festival in Palermo, moreover, promises to talk about migrant literature without hyper-anthropologizing migrant stories. They write, approximately:

Literatures migrate. From one place to another. From one time to another. If there were no literatures, the city would shut down, and our words would lose their meanings. Literatures migrate with people. And we welcome them and stand with them them.

These are not migrants in any straightforward way. One speaker is Iraqi novelist Ahmed Saadawi, who writes on Facebook that next week, if he’s lucky in…

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