8 October 2010 Rabih Alameddine at the University of California, Berkeley

Rabih Alameddine, the author of the novel The Hakawati published in Poland, was a guest of the University of California in Berkeley on 9th September. The meeting with the writer was held as a part of the Story Hour in the Library cycle; the recording is available on the website of the project.

Born in Jordan and brought up in Kuwait and the Lebanon, the author of Koolaids oraz I, the Divine writes his books in English, putting much stress on the problems of contemporary societies and their latest history. The University of California at Berkeley is known for its long tradition of social activism among students, which dates back to the 1960s and is continued in various forms till today. In the 1960s and the 1970s one of the lecturers at the University was the renowned Polish poet Czesław Miłosz.

The meeting with Rabih Alameddin will be held as a part of the Conrad Festival and will be conducted by Grzegorz Jankowicz.