Inschrijven op de nieuwsbrief

Gamal Fouad

Gamal Fouad - foto Claire Fons
Gamal Fouad - foto Claire Fons

(Egypt, 1976) is a writer and, together with Claire Fons, forms the visual artist duo Felix & Mumford. They have exhibited in Berlin and Bologna, and their work was acquired for the collection of the Centraal Museum Utrecht. His first book Oneindig eiland (Infinite Island) was published in 2016, a hilarious novel about a man who gets invited to teach a writing course on a tropical island, even though he's never been published himself. Fouad evokes the atmosphere on the island with masterly precision, and is deftly comic in telling the story of the teacher and participants. His second work De voorhuidenverzamelaar (The Foreskin Collector, 2018) was nominated for the Biesheuvel Award for best short stories. Fouad draws on his own youth in Alexandria as well as his experiences as an artist in Berlin for his stories. Fouad works highly associatively to create these symbolic narratives populated by archetypes.

(WN 2022)

Archive available for: Gamal Fouad

  • Winternachten 2022 – Thursday Night Unlimited

    Fixdit - about the legendary Nawal el Saadawi

    Writer, doctor and feminist in 20th-century Egypt - with Annelies Verbeke, Jannah Loontjens, Rachida Lamrabet and Gamal Fouad.

    Legendary Egyptian author Nawal el Saadawi passed away in March 2021 at the age of 90. Hadn't you heard of her yet? Then this event is the perfect chance to correct that oversight!

    Nawal el Saadawi is also known as "the Simone de Beauvoir of the Arab world," and her work ruffled a lot of feathers. She was a doctor and an activist who wrote unabashedly about her life as an emancipated, feminist woman in an Egypt in which far from everyone shared her opinions. It's time to shine a spotlight on her groundbreaking work, and we let Annelies Verbeke and Jannah Loontjens of the Fixdit collective do the honours!

    For this event, which is also a live recording of a new podcast episode, authors and Fixdit founders Annelies Verbeke and Jannah Loontjens embark on a discussion with the Belgian author and lawyer Rachida Lamrabet and the Dutch writer and visual artist Gamal Fouad. They discuss Nawal el Saadawi's influential work and in particular her novel The Fall of the Imam.

    About Fixdit
    The writers' collective Fixdit is committed to raising the profile of work by female authors that deserves a wider readership. In collaboration with the literary magazine De Gids, Loontjens and Verbeke produce the Fixdit podcast series Moderne klassikers (Modern Classics), in which they give exposure to literary classics written by women.

    Fixdit & Writers Unlimited
    Fixdit and Writers Unlimited have joined forces to bring attention to international female authors who deserve a spot in the literary canon. Previously we jointly created an episode about the Indonesian author Lin Scholte, which can be found here: https://www.degids.nl/podcasts/afleveringen/bibi-koetis-voor-altijd

    Reading tips:
    The entire oevre of Nawal el Saadawi, especially The Fall of the Imam, Memoirs of a Woman Doctor and Woman at Point Zero.

    Dutch spoken.