New Voices for Europe podcast series (3)
Get out of the bubble – writers need to be close to real life
Alexandra Büchler in conversation with Rasha Abbas
The short story writer and cultural journalist Rasha Abbas lives in Berlin, the European hub of the Arab artistic diaspora, something she sees as a mixed blessing. Here she talks about treating the migrant experience with humour, as she did in her book The Invention of German Grammar, about not wanting to lose connection with readers in Arab countries, about having her legal status turned into an identity and a literary genre, and about the need for writers to get outside the protective cultural bubble and be closer to ‘real life’.