Adania Shibli

writer, artist

Adania Shibli was born in Palestine in 1974. She writes novels, plays, short stories and narrative essays that have been published in anthologies, art books, literary and cultural magazines in several languages. She received the Qattan Young Writer’s Award-Palestine twice: In 2001 for her novel „Masaas“ (Eng. „Touch“, 2009) and in 2003 for her novel „Kulluna Ba’id bethat al Miqdar aan el-Hub“ (Eng. “We Are All Equally Far from Love”, 2012). As co-curator of the symposium A Journey of Ideas Across: In Dialogue with Edward Said, held at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin in 2013, she invited artists and thinkers to reflect on the work and legacy by the literary theorist and critic Edward Said and edited the multimedia publication of the same name.

Her latest is Tafsil Thanawi (Beirut: Al-Adab, 2017, in English: Minor Detail by Fitzcarraldo Edition/UK, and New Directions/USA, 2020; nominated for the National Book Award 2020, and the International Booker Prize 2021).

Shibli received her doctorate from the University of East London in the field of media and cultural studies and was a postdoc and EUME fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. She has taught at various institutions such as the University of Nottingham and Birzeit University and currently lives in Berlin and Jerusalem.