Interview with Eli Amir, author of The Dove Flyer

The Dove FlyerEli Amir is an Iraqi-born Jewish writer, who fled his native Baghdad with his family in 1950 to live in Israel. His novel, The Dove Flyer, follows the life of the teenage narrator, Kabi, and his large Jewish family in early 1950s Baghdad. The book was published in English for the first time earlier this year (translated from Hebrew by Hillel Halkin and published by Halban Publishers).

This English translation of the book is supported by the Writers in Translation programme from English PEN, a charity working to promote literature and human rights.

As part of Refugee Week 2010, Eli Amir talked about his book and his experiences as an exile at an event in Waterstones bookshop in Islington.

After the event, Andrea Rangecroft interviewed Eli Amir for Refugee Week Radio.

~ Eli Amir interview (MP3 – 7′ 09″)

patienceAlso taking part in the event was the Afghan writer, Atiq Rahimi, whose translation of his novel The Patience Stone is also supported by English PEN (translated from the French by Polly McClean, published by Chatto & Windus).

You can also read more about the event on the blog Miriam Halahmy on Writing

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