Events | Reading of Hassouna Mosbahi's Tunisian Tale

L.A. | September 8, 2012 | 1:30 PM

Hassouna Mosbahi will read a brief passage from his novel "Hikaya Tunisiyya" (A Tunisian Tale) in Arabic followed by a reading in English.

Hassouna Mosbahi is a Tunisian writer, literary critic, journalist and translator, born in 1950 to a Bedouin family in the back country of Kairouan. He started writing stories, tales and anecdotes back in his youth, orientated at the tradition of folk storytelling.

His first short story "L'image de mon père", inspired by Camus' "L'Étranger", already won the Tunisian Broadcasting Prize for young authors in 1968. During the following years he spent a long time studying abroad in Paris, Madrid and London and worked, amongst other things, as a correspondent for Arabic newspapers.

His recent project focuses on a story of the famous Andalusian mystic Ibn Arabi. Beside the publication of novels and short stories in Arabic, English and German, he has gained reputation for his translations of Henri Michaux, René Char, Samuel Beckett and Jean Genet into Arabic.

This event is a collaboration with the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

RSVP required: Please call 310.573-3603 or write an email to

Admission: Free

Street parking is available on Los Liones Drive. Shuttle service begins at 13 pm and will start from Los Liones Drive, off Sunset Boulevard two blocks North-East of Pacific Coast Highway.

Please do not park on the Topanga State Park Lot!

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