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Nathalie Handal

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Nathalie Handal

Nathalie Handal is described as a “contemporary Orpheus.” A New Yorker of Mediterranean roots, she was raised in Latin America, France, and the Middle East, and educated in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Asia. Her recent poetry books include Life in a Country Album, winner of the Palestine Book Award; the flash collection The Republics, lauded as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers” and winner of the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing and the Arab American Book Award; the critically acclaimed Poet in AndalucíaLove and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award; and the bilingual collections Riflessi (Italian/English) and La estrella invisible (Spanish/English). Her nonfiction has appeared in Vanity FairGuernica, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Nation, and the Irish Times, among others. Handal is the recipient of awards from the PEN Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, Fondazione di Venezia, Centro Andaluz de las Letras, and the Africa Institute, among others. She is professor of literature and creative writing at New York University. She says: “I’m a multi-city person. My cities are New York, Rome, ParisBethlehemMy family-cities are Santo Domingo, Marseilles, Berlin. And currently my work-cities are in the UAE, Sicily, Japan. The city, like the body, like love, is unreachable.” Read her poem “The City”.

Articles by Nathalie Handal

Portrait of writer Deniz Dağdelen Düzgün
The City and the Writer: In Izmir with Deniz Dağdelen Düzgün
By Nathalie Handal
Deniz Dağdelen Düzgün talks with Nathalie Handal about the 8,000-year history of Izmir, the city's rich blend of cultures, and the invention of parchment.
Portrait of writer Cassandra Atherton
The City and the Writer: In Melbourne with Cassandra Atherton
By Nathalie Handal
Cassandra Atherton talks with Nathalie Handal about literature, lockdown, and hidden cities in Melbourne, Australia.
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Portrait of writer Fiona Kelly McGregor with a black cat
Photo copyright © Jamie James
The City and the Writer: In Sydney with Fiona Kelly McGregor
By Nathalie Handal
No matter where you are in the city, the time of year or weather, the sky at dusk will stop you in your tracks.
Portrait of writer Moira Egan
Photo copyright © Eric Toccaceli
The City and the Writer: In Rome with Moira Egan
By Nathalie Handal
The way the sunset sometimes Tiepolos the clouds.
Portrait of writer and translator André Naffis-Sahely
Photo copyright © Nina Subin
The City and the Writer: In Los Angeles with André Naffis-Sahely
By Nathalie Handal
It’s sun-kissed, industrial, god-fearing, gas-guzzling, all of it built on a harrowing history of lynch mobs and expropriation.
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Deepak Unnikrishnan. Photo © Philip Cheung.
The City and the Writer: In Abu Dhabi with Deepak Unnikrishnan
By Nathalie Handal
If there is one constant about this place, it is this, that the people on the move (here) all rely on a different set of lies to proceed with their truth(s).
A portrait of writer Miguel Syjuco
The City and the Writer: In Manila with Miguel Syjuco
By Nathalie Handal
Architectural gems crumble on street corners, shrouded in grit till they’re decreed too ugly to save.
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Fiona Sampson. Photo copyright © Ekaterina Voskresenskaya.
The City and the Writer: In London with Fiona Sampson
By Nathalie Handal
London, which seems all sprawl and braggadocio, is at the same time self-contained and fiercely defended.
Portrait of writer Sinan Antoon
Photo © Koutaiba al-Janabi
The City and the Writer: In Baghdad with Sinan Antoon
By Nathalie Handal
I don’t live (t)here, but it lives in me still.
Portrait of writer Ioana Morpurgo
The City and the Writer: In Bucharest with Ioana Morpurgo
By Nathalie Handal
I love this city against my own better judgment.
Portrait of writer Natalie Bakopoulos
The City and the Writer: In Athens with Natalie Bakopoulos
By Nathalie Handal
I’m always a bit shattered by Athens.
Portrait of writer Christopher Bakken
The City and the Writer: In Thessaloniki with Christopher Bakken
By Nathalie Handal
Dig anywhere in the city and you collide with history.
Portrait of writer Naivo
The City and the Writer: In Antananarivo, Madagascar, with Naivo
By Nathalie Handal
Its name, “the city of thousands,” is synonymous with multitude.
Portrait of writer Ali Al Ameri
Photo © Satish Kumar.
The City and the Writer: In Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with Ali Al Ameri
By Nathalie Handal
The desert is the shoulder of the city.
Portrait of writer Maya C. Popa
The City and the Writer: In Oxford with Maya C. Popa
By Nathalie Handal
Oxford is one hidden city layered over another.
Portrait of writer Angelo Cannavacciuolo
The City and the Writer: In Naples with Angelo Cannavacciuolo
By Nathalie Handal
Naples is the city of a hundred cities, of a hundred satellites all orbiting the unique, massive planet that is memory.
Translated by Alta L. Price
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The City and the Writer: In Athens with Amanda Michalopoulou
By Nathalie Handal
Athens is about instant decisions, constant change, boldness and confusion and nerve.
The City and the Writer: In London with Jay Parini
By Nathalie Handal
London is a self-enclosed world that contains all worlds.
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Bob Holman
By Nathalie Handal
Usually there is no time to be moody, only the slap and the dash and the drill and the dig, you dig?
The City and the Writer: In Salerno with Giorgio Sica
By Nathalie Handal
Even if Salerno is blessed with sunshine, many things happen in the twilight.
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Willa Carroll
By Nathalie Handal
Car horns suddenly transformed into instruments of emotion, sirens of mourning.
The City and the Writer: In Paris with Marilyn Hacker
By Nathalie Handal
Something is always about to happen.
The City and the Writer: In Delhi with Sudeep Sen
By Nathalie Handal
Old Mughal monuments stand at ease with glass-and-steel office towers.
The City and the Writer: In Annaba, Algeria, with Janette Ayachi
By Nathalie Handal
For me, there is no Algeria, only Annaba, where the Barbary coast yawns out.
The City and the Writer: In Paris with John Freeman
By Nathalie Handal
The Paris I grew to love isn’t gone, but right now it is shutting down.
The City and the Writer: In Lisbon with Patricio Ferrari
By Nathalie Handal
Returning to Lisbon means savoring another delectable local delicacy: the mouthwatering Portuguese language with its varied assortment of vowels.
The City and the Writer: In Berlin with Rajeev Balasubramanyam
By Nathalie Handal
There is a permanent solace in the knowledge that you can’t be the weirdest person in this city.
The City and the Writer: In Amman with Amjad Nasser (1955–2019)
By Nathalie Handal
There is another life that unfolds in this low-lying area at the foot of the seven hills.
The City and the Writer: In Rome with Peter Covino
By Nathalie Handal
Returning to Rome makes the blood rush in unpredictable ways.
The City and the Writer: In Auckland, New Zealand with Chloe Honum
By Nathalie Handal
There’s no forgetting that we’re on an island at the bottom of the Pacific, looking up, heading into the morning while much of the world is still making its way through the day we just left behind.
The City and the Writer: In Toledo, Ohio, with Charles Kell
By Nathalie Handal
Toledo is a city marked with scratches, indentations, ashes of other cities, shadows, fugitive trails, clouds of smoke, dust, and slamming doors.
The City and the Writer: In Vicenza with Carlo Pizzati
By Nathalie Handal
Is it possible to ever fully outgrow the place that first left its mark on you? The town, city, or village where you lived for the first fifteen years of your life?
The City and the Writer: In Amman with Lena Khalaf Tuffaha
By Nathalie Handal
Amman consumes me when I’m there and it can feel like an entire world. It demands so much attention even as it grumbles about its own frustrations.
The City and the Writer: In Abidjan with Véronique Tadjo
By Nathalie Handal
The moment you think that you know Abidjan, the city escapes your embrace.
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Kathy Engel
By Nathalie Handal
The place that keeps having me back, its moonless nights, its raucous urban sea, anonymous and also memory-crammed, people- and ghost-filled.
The City and the Writer: In Athens with Alicia E. Stallings
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino, Invisible…
The City and the Writer: In Turin with Angie Cruz
By Nathalie Handal
Torino wears an elegant three-piece suit of the most beautiful fabric, but it’s frayed at the cuffs, missing some buttons.
The City and the Writer: In Lisbon, Portugal, and Orkney, Scotland with Rachael McGill
By Nathalie Handal
There’s nowhere that I don’t feel like an outsider. It’s always been that way . . . For me that’s something joyful.
The City and the Writer: In Calgary with Marcello Di Cintio
By Nathalie Handal
Passion lives in the realization, especially among Calgary’s creative class, that everything is permitted here.
The City and the Writer: In Worcester with Oliver de la Paz
By Nathalie Handal
From certain vantage points you can see the bones of the old city. Graying old buildings. Brickworks. Row houses stacked up on the hill.
The City and the Writer: In Bangalore with Madhuri Vijay
By Nathalie Handal
Bangalore was a small, sleepy cantonment town that woke up one day to find it had become a booming metropolis.
The City and the Writer: In Bombay with Jeet Thayil
By Nathalie Handal
Nothing exists outside Bombay. From the moment you get off the plane, you know you have entered a room full of mirrors: everything is self-referential.
The City and the Writer: In Nablus with Isabella Hammad
By Nathalie Handal
Even in the Nablus of my mind I remain outside, peering in at windows, opening stale cupboards, looking for abandoned objects from the past.
The City and the Writer: In Tripoli, Lebanon with Ruth Awad
By Nathalie Handal
Tripoli is my father’s birthplace, and it always evokes existential questions about my identity: can I be of a place but not from it?
The City and the Writer: In San José, Costa Rica with David Cruz
By Nathalie Handal
Outside San José, the world exists, but it is a city that, despite its smallness, tries to contain you.
The City and the Writer: In Taipei with Afaa Weaver
By Nathalie Handal
What comes to us of places we have not seen is not what that place actually is. This important fact is ignored more and more.
The City and the Writer: In San Juan with Ricardo Alberto Maldonado
By Nathalie Handal
Those who I call my own (mi gente) draw some thing from each other: some light, some power I see but have few words for. And they build when they remember.
The City and the Writer: In San Juan with Frances Negrón-Muntaner
By Nathalie Handal
San Juan is a city full of life with a unique perspective on how to weather the growing storms of our moment.
The City and the Writer: In Brighton, England with Colin Grant
By Nathalie Handal
Brighton is often called the London-suburb-by-the-sea. It’s a raffish and open city.
The City and the Writer: In Martha’s Vineyard with Justen Ahren
By Nathalie Handal
Winter is a rite of passage. There is a special stillness that can possess you for better or for worse.
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Lee Briccetti
By Nathalie Handal
The human psyche is also New York psyche: vertical, horizontal, additive, oscillating between prophetic vision and madness.
The City and the Writer: In Rome with Elizabeth Geoghegan
By Nathalie Handal
It certainly feels true that all roads lead to Rome and, to that end, Rome is forever a city of outsiders. In one fashion or another, it absorbs us all. But those same famous roads, built centuries ago, also lead away from Rome.
The City and the Writer: In Hong Kong with Nicholas Wong
By Nathalie Handal
People always talk about whether the place one returns to is the same as or different than the place one left. To be able to return to a place implies an inevitable second or third departure. Gradually, one is also invited to reflect on departure and…
The City and the Writer: In Melbourne with Susan Bradley Smith
By Nathalie Handal
I take Melbourne everywhere with me these days: her good manners, brisk moods, screaming weather, boldness, outright brassiness, and her whispering words. They are now helix to my soul.
The City and the Writer: In Beirut with Jehan Bseiso
By Nathalie Handal
Although Beirut is not my city of origin, it is the city of my heart.
The City and the Writer: In Split with Damir Šodan
By Nathalie Handal
Growing up in Split was nothing short of magical because my crew was always out in the street or sitting on the parapets outside apartment buildings in our working-class neighborhood. That’s where we first learned everything about life.
The City and the Writer: In Zagreb with Tomica Bajsić
By Nathalie Handal
I think Zagreb exists mostly in nostalgia—the friends left behind, our intimate way of life—because in big cities around the world, you are close to everybody and nobody at the same time.
The City and the Writer: In Montevideo, Uruguay, with Melisa Machado
By Nathalie Handal
The inhabitants of Montevideo might not perceive the peaceful vibe of their own city. The possibility of walking through its most beautiful areas on foot.
The City and the Writer: In Buenos Aires with Luciana Jazmín Coronado
By Nathalie Handal
I feel it as a moment in which things are waning: as if from that bridge everything surrounding it were dimmed. More than voices, I notice the growth of plants upon the wire fence. The bridge forms a dry outline, a postcard from no one.
The City and the Writer: In Kruja, Albania with Luljeta Lleshanaku
By Nathalie Handal
There is something biblical in the human landscape of small towns, in their tendency to make a drama out of nothing. Everybody has a name and every day something happens, even when nothing really happens.
The City and the Writer: In Belgrade with Dejan Atanackovic
By Nathalie Handal
Belgrade is loved by those who try to reconnect the fragile ties that link place with identity. They love Belgrade's delicate, fading details.
The City and the Writer: In Accra, Ghana with Meshack Asare
By Nathalie Handal
In Accra, you stand smack in the middle of your own shadow at midday, right in the middle of the world.
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Colum McCann
By Nathalie Handal
It’s a gorgeous rubbish heap too, a city of the timeless now.
The City and the Writer: In Paris with Yannis Livadas
By Nathalie Handal
One experiences solely the phantom of a city that once existed.
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Jonathan Galassi
By Nathalie Handal
I’m still a newcomer, still wide-eyed after forty years at the energy, the sense of possibility, the mixing it up, the aliveness.
The City and the Writer: In Glasgow with Alan Parks
By Nathalie Handal
Everyone has a city they travel through; it’s theirs alone. And more often than not, it’s a mystery.
The City and the Writer: In Paris with Négar Djavadi
By Nathalie Handal
Of all the cities in the world, Paris is probably one of the rare ones where reality is constantly rubbing shoulders with fantasy.
The City and the Writer: In Galway with Stephen Byrne
By Nathalie Handal
Ireland is full of brilliant writers, past and present.
The City and the Writer: In Lerdo, Mexico with Robert Con Davis-Undiano
By Nathalie Handal
Lerdo is a living thing, like a mind, and it has much to tell us.
The City and the Writer: In London with Rachel Holmes
By Nathalie Handal
This two-thousand-year-old city’s calling is to souls, not hearts.
The City and the Writer: In Minneapolis–Saint Paul with Leslie Adrienne Miller
By Nathalie Handal
St. Paul is the secret sister, more lovely, but so quiet you might fail to see her.
The City and the Writer: In San Francisco with Laura Fraser
By Nathalie Handal
Everything’s shiny on the surface, with pressure building up beneath.
The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Amanda Lee Koe
By Nathalie Handal
Writing is the quickest way of bringing something into existence.
The City and the Writer: In Lagos with Okey Ndibe
By Nathalie Handal
A first-time visitor might mistake Lagos for a city trying too hard to make a spectacle of itself.
The City and the Writer: In Bukhara, Uzbekistan with Hamid Ismailov
By Nathalie Handal
In Bukhara you can easily imagine yourself living in any century of the past.
The City and the Writer: In Málaga with José Sarria
By Nathalie Handal
I have always lived on the outskirts, in the common and inclusive places, because I have never believed in borders, countries, or flags.
The City and The Writer: In Oslo with Erling Kittelsen
By Nathalie Handal
Oslo, in fact, is a summer city.
The City and the Writer: In Geneva with Raluca Antonescu
By Nathalie Handal
With a foreign population of over 40%, Geneva proudly lives up to its multicultural, cosmopolitan reputation.
The City and the Writer: In London with James Scudamore
By Nathalie Handal
London’s spirit remains intact in defiance of very dispiriting times.
The City and the Writer—In Monrovia, Liberia with Wayétu Moore
By Nathalie Handal
Monrovia is always fighting to be the woman she was thirty years ago, always gazing at her reflection for hints of her younger, more dignified self.
The City and the Writer—In Łódź with Mark Tardi
By Nathalie Handal
While the industrial backbone of Łódź has faded in many regards, the sensibility is still in the DNA of the city.
The City and the Writer: In Madras/Chennai with Tishani Doshi
By Nathalie Handal
This has always been a city of dualities—a city of two names, two natures.
The City and the Writer—In San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina with Elena Bossi
By Nathalie Handal
In those streets, around the stands, one inhales the border crossings between the cultures of Bolivia, Chile, Peru, and the north of Argentina.
The City and the Writer—In Rio de Janeiro with Alberto Mussa
By Nathalie Handal
Rio de Janeiro is probably the only metropolis in the world that erased all the vestiges of its origins. 
The City & the Writer: In Rio de Janeiro with Armando Freitas Filho
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In São Paulo with Francesca Cricelli
By Nathalie Handal
The people are the best part of the city.
The City and the Writer: In The Gambia with Kadija George
By Nathalie Handal
The mood whenever I step off the plane is one of home, of relief; that I’m away from the madness, chaos, and hypocrisy of the West.
The City and the Writer: In Mexico City with Lucia Duero
By Nathalie Handal
Mexico City will make you worry about tomorrow while at the same time liberating you from tomorrow.
In Tripoli with Zeina Hashem Beck
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Mumbai with Chandrahas Choudhury
By Nathalie Handal
No city ever looks so weary at dawn, at the very beginning of the day, as Mumbai.
The City and the Writer: In Hobart, Tasmania with Finegan Kruckemeyer
By Nathalie Handal
Tasmania doesn’t view itself as the outsider, but the rest of the world as such.
The City and the Writer: In Anchorage with Joan Naviyuk Kane
By Nathalie Handal
Without Anchorage, the vast and contiguous north of contemporary empire remains a ceaseless figment.
The City and the Writer: In Venice with Verusca Costenaro
By Nathalie Handal
Venice intensifies your emotions, and steals your emotions from you.
The City and the Writer: In Naples with Erri De Luca
By Nathalie Handal
This is the city I come from, where suitcases sit next to the door, ready to take flight.
The City and the Writer: In Lagos with Jumoke Verissimo
By Nathalie Handal
It is a city that adopts stragglers, passersby, and visitors.
The City and the Writer: In Rome with Stefano Benni
By Nathalie Handal
Sometimes it is two thousand years old, sometimes it is young.
The City and the Writer: In Port Antonio, Jamaica, with Ishion Hutchinson
By Nathalie Handal
When you look at the great beauty of the landscape, you don’t see that the land used to be plantations, that there is a brutal history in the pier.
The City and the Writer: In Lahore with Afshan Shafi
By Nathalie Handal
Its secrets are necessary and inherited, revealed only in the language of mystics, reluctant poets, seers.
The City and the Writer: In Istanbul with Beldan Sezen
By Nathalie Handal
What I once experienced as lively, charming, and indulgent now feels empty.
The City and the Writer: In Paris with Janet Hulstrand
By Nathalie Handal
Paris is certainly not unmarked by tragedy, or by shame, but it has survived.
The City and the Writer: In Lviv with Iryna Vikyrchak
By Nathalie Handal
If you are in Lviv, you have to take your eyes away from the uneven cobalt-stone ground and look up.
The City and the Writer: In Montreal with Nyla Matuk
By Nathalie Handal
There are still new and secondhand bookstores filled with continental philosophy and French literature, as if the internet didn’t exist.
The City and the Writer: In Budapest with Krisztina Tóth
By Nathalie Handal
I like the city center’s old doorways, rotten with dampness, and the characteristic round gangways above the courtyards.
The City and the Writer: In Paola, Malta with Immanuel Mifsud
By Nathalie Handal
It is a town full of irony and contrasts and is quite melancholic.
The City and the Writer: In Vienna with Ann Cotten
By Nathalie Handal
In general one feels longing, which is beautiful as it is mapped and written into the layout of the city.
The City and the Writer: In Sofia with Elena Alexieva
By Nathalie Handal
[Sofia] reminds me of someone who has every reason to be happy, but somehow never is.
The City and the Writer: In Phnom Penh with Madeleine Thien
By Nathalie Handal
Phnom Penh is like a piece of music, constantly altering and sidestepping, going around obstacles, but staying (swaying) in motion.
The City and the Writer: In Homs with Marwa Al-Sabouni
By Nathalie Handal
High concrete featureless blocks share walls with black basalt courtyard houses and vaulted khans.
The City and the Writer: In Belgrade with Jasna Ani
By Nathalie Handal
This city has faced threats of demolishment numerous times, and numerous times it has been ruined.
The City and the Writer: In Ljubljana with Aleš Šteger
By Nathalie Handal
Ljubljana is a beehive. Everyone has their small project that they buzz around.
The City and the Writer: In Ohrid with Nikola Madzirov
By Nathalie Handal
Cities change without even being rebuilt or destroyed, in the same way our faces change while we are dreaming intensely.
The City and the Writer: In Skopje with Igor Isakovski
By Nathalie Handal
It is like a cranky lover that one keeps on returning to—sometimes it is more beautiful when you are far from it.
A Tribute to Igor Isakovski (1970–2014)
By Nathalie Handal
Image: Igor Isakovski.Paired Post: In Skopje with Igor IsakovskiA moment with the poems of the energetic, soulful, and eminent Macedonian poet and writer Igor Isakovski on his birthday—September…
The City and the Writer: In Beirut with Hala Alyan
By Nathalie Handal
Beirut is a place trying to escape its past.
The City and the Writer: In Tirana with Ani Gjika
By Nathalie Handal
In my imagination, Tirana’s mood remains one full of bliss and wonder, flirtation, anticipation, and anxiety, too, lots of it.
The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Yahia Lababidi
By Nathalie Handal
Cairo, as I understand it, is a joyous child whose confidence has been shaken by repeated scolding and attempts at molding.
The City and the Writer: In Patra with Christos Tsiamis
By Nathalie Handal
For the longest time, the city lived disconnected from its historical past in antiquity.
The City and the Writer: In Valletta, Malta with Nadia Mifsud
By Nathalie Handal
Recent archeological studies have uncovered an intricate web of tunnels under the city—a vast maze of wells and reservoirs, sewers and war shelters that very few people know about.
The City and the Writer: In Yogyakarta, Indonesia with Tia Setiadi
By Nathalie Handal
Like a big lake, it receives and embraces every influence and culture it encounters without being polluted by them.
The City and The Writer: In El Salvador with Roxana Méndez
By Nathalie Handal
El Salvador is a country of contrasts.
The City and the Writer: In El Salvador with Jorge Galán
By Nathalie Handal
One day, I gazed beyond the vendors who fill the sidewalks and the bustling businesses, and found something unexpected: the old city.
The City and the Writer: In Qadita with Ala Hlehel
By Nathalie Handal
Ghosts move at night through the house of settlers.
The City and the Writer: In Jerusalem with Liana Badr
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series: Literary MapsCity of Origin: HebronCity of Birth: JerusalemCity/Cities you grew up in: Jerusalem and JerichoCurrent Residence: RamallahYour City/Cities: Jerusalem, Jericho Language(s)…
The City and the Writer: In Ramallah with Raja Shehadeh
By Nathalie Handal
Thus far, the inhabitants of Ramallah have not succumbed to despair.
The City and the Writer: In Miami with P. Scott Cunningham
By Nathalie Handal
The default mood Miami is always set to is “extreme optimism.”
The City and the Writer: In Wellington, NZ, with Chris Price
By Nathalie Handal
Wellington is an empire-inscribed city, covered with the names of early colonizers.
The City and the Writer: In Santa Fe with Valerie Martínez
By Nathalie Handal
The best writing about Santa Fe has its deep roots in the land and aerial spaces.
The City and the Writer: In Jaffa with Selma Dabbagh
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series: Literary MapsCity of Origin: JaffaCity of Birth: Dundee, ScotlandCity/Cities you grew up in: Jeddah, Kuwait, High Wycombe, Dundee, Reading, Market Harborough, New MiltonOther…
The City and the Writer: In Washington, D.C., with Sandra Beasley
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                                                      …
The City and the Writer: In Jerusalem and Jaffa with Ismail Khalidi
By Nathalie Handal
Image: Zoe ZenowichSpecial Series: Literary MapsCity of Origin: Jerusalem and JaffaCity of Birth: BeirutCity/Cities you grew up in: D.C., New York and Chicago, but mostly Chicago.Current Residence: Valparaiso/Viña…
The City and the Writer: In Jaffa with Ibtisam Azem
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series: Literary MapsCity of Origin: Taybeh (forty kilometers north of Jaffa) City of Birth: Taybeh City/Cities your grew up in: TaybehCurrent Residence: New York CityYour City/Cities:…
The City and the Writer: In Granada, Spain with Anthony Geist
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                             …
The City and the Writer: In Austin with Ire’ne Lara Silva
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Buffalo with Noah Falck
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                             …
The City and the Writer: In Umm Al-Zienat with Mohammad al-Assad
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series: Literary MapsOnly in that song / jasmines bloom / more than once                                                                  —PlacesCity…
The City and the Writer: In Yasuf with Hannah Khalil
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series: Literary MapsFATHER: Traveling is a lonely business.COUSIN: You don’t understand – everyone left the village. It’s like a ghost town.MOTHER: What do you mean?COUSIN:…
The City and the Writer: In Toronto with Antanas Sileika
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                             …
The City and the Writer: In Montreal with Dimitri Nasrallah
By Nathalie Handal
Photo credit: Maica ArmataIf each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Cape Town with Margie Orford
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.     …
The City and the Writer: In Port Harcourt with Chinelo Okparanta
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.             …
The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Youssef Rakha
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.             …
The City and the Writer: In Alexandria with Maher Sherif
By Nathalie Handal
October 2015 Special Series: EgyptIf each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Alexandria with Khaled Raouf
By Nathalie Handal
October 2015 Special Series: EgyptIf each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Salfit with Ramsey Nasr
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series: Literary MapsTo celebrate the fifth anniversary of “The City and the Writer,” we've come back to our very first contributor, Ramsey Nasr, on the anniversary of the series…
The City and the Writer: A Literary Map of Palestinian Writers
By Nathalie Handal
In the early 1990s, while living in Paris, I discovered that Salma Khadra Jayyusi, one of the Arab world's most distinguished literary personalities—widely known for her poetry, literary criticism,…
The City and the Writer: In Acre with Salma Khadra Jayyusi
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series: Literary MapsI am a palm treerooted in your sky—“Songs of an Arab City”     City of Origin: Safad (District of Safad)City of Birth: Salt, East…
The City and the Writer: Celebrating Five Years
By Nathalie Handal
In 2009, Rohan Kamicheril, then an editor at Words without Borders, asked me to be a contributing writer to the magazine—writing reviews, translating. I was very keen on working with WWB…
The City and the Writer: In Salt Lake City with Paisley Rekdal
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.             …
The City and the Writer: In Dhaka with Saad Hossain
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.          —Italo…
The City and the Writer: Gaza, What Remains with Eduardo Soteras Jalil
By Nathalie Handal
The problem with pain is that it hurts.No one summoned me, a young Argentinian, to war; nor was I a freelancer at the time, invited to take part: I simply made up my mind one day. Or maybe it took two…
The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Latha
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/ Singapore 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Suchen Christine Lim
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/ Singapore 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Toh Hsien Min
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/ Singapore 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Mohamed Latiff Mohamed
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/ Singapore 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Anne Lee Tzu Pheng
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/ Singapore 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Kirpal Singh
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/Singapore 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Alvin Pang
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/ Singapore 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
The City and the Writer: Special Series, Singapore 2015
By Nathalie Handal
An Introduction to this Special Series of “The City and the Writer”: Focus on SingaporeFounded as a British port in the early 19th Century, Singapore is celebrating its fiftieth year…
The City and the Writer: In Cambridge, Massachusetts and Boulder, Colorado with David Gessner
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/Nature Writers 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Portland, Maine, with Kathryn Miles
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/Nature Writers 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In New Orleans with Sheryl St. Germain
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/Nature Writers 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Council Bluffs, Iowa, with John T. Price
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/Nature Writers 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In South Lake Tahoe with Suzanne Roberts
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/Nature Writers 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Cochabamba with Rodrigo Hasbún
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/The Palestinians 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Gaza City with Atef Abu Saif
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/The Palestinians 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The Shape of Time: New Palestinian Writing
By Nathalie Handal
To comprehend Palestinian literature, we must have an idea of what it is to be Palestinian today.
Solitary Confinement on the Seventh Floor
By Mazen Maarouf
One day / I’ll tear off my lips / and eat them / like candy.
Translated from Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid & Nathalie Handal
Both Freedom and Constraint: An Interview with Randa Abdel-Fattah
By Nathalie Handal
The older I get, the more I realize how hybridized my cultural identity is.
Life in Mount Carmel
By Najwan Darwish
Their poems reach me from their temple
Translated from Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid & Nathalie Handal
The City and the Writer: In Jerusalem with Ibtisam Azem
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/The Palestinians 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Nazareth with Sousan Hammad
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/The Palestinians 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In London with Hannah Khalil
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series/The Palestinians 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Tehran with Mohsen Emadi
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.     …
The City and the Writer: In Cork with Patrick Cotter
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series/Ireland 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Cork with Billy Ramsell
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series: Ireland 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Dublin with Roddy Doyle
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series: Ireland 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Dublin with Dan Sheehan
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series/Ireland 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Copenhagen with Hanne-Vibeke Holst
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series/Copenhagen, Denmark 2015 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all…
The City and the Writer: In Copenhagen with Martin Glaz Serup
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series/Copenhagen, Denmark 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all…
The City and the Writer: In Copenhagen with Lone Kühlmann
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series/Copenhagen, Denmark 2015 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all…
The City and the Writer: In Copenhagen with Janne Teller
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series/Copenhagen, Denmark 2015 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all…
The City and the Writer: In Copenhagen with Dorthe Nors
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series/Copenhagen, Denmark 2015If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all…
The City and the Writer: In A Coruña with Marta López Luaces
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Kyoto with Brian Turner
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shallnever succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Taos with Melissa Studdard
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino, Invisible…
The City and the Writer: In Atlanta with Erica Wright
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Oklahoma City with Nathan Brown
By Nathalie Handal
                                    Special Series / Oklahoma 2014If each city is like a game of chess, the…
The City and the Writer: In Tulsa with Rilla Askew
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series / Oklahoma 2014If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
The City and the Writer: In Norman with Daniel Simon
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series / Oklahoma 2014If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
The City and the Writer: In Iowa City with Chris Merrill
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Jason Porter
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino,…
The Child Anthem
By Nathalie Handal
The children are not deadThey are shadows in every tankThey are echoes in every soldierThe children are not deadThey are in every housein the eyes of every fatherevery motherin the soul of a peopleThey…
The City and the Writer: In Santa Cruz with Micah Perks
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino, Invisible…
The City and the Writer: In Colombo with Ru Freeman
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Susan Cheever
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Andri Snær Magnason
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series / Iceland 2014If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Kristín Ómarsdóttir
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series / Iceland 2014If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik, Iceland with Sjón
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series / Iceland 2014If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Mazen Maarouf
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series / Iceland 2014If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it…
A Stray Bullet
By Mazen Maarouf
a stray bullet / veered slightly off course
Translated from Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid & Nathalie Handal
Multilingual
Downtown
By Mazen Maarouf
I roll my pierced heart / across the bedcover
Translated from Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid & Nathalie Handal
Multilingual
On Death
By Mazen Maarouf
But we run up against / the stone slab over our bodies
Translated from Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid & Nathalie Handal
Multilingual
The City and the Writer: In Cleveland with Sarah Marcus
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Zürich with Charif Shanahan
By Nathalie Handal
 Special Series / Switzerland, 2014If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the…
The City and the Writer: In Lugano with Fabiano Alborghetti
By Nathalie Handal
Special Series / Switzerland, 2014If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Bucharest with Mircea Cărtărescu
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Havana with Leonardo Padura
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Amman with Deema Dabis
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Guatemala City with David Unger
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino,…
Preface to Life
By Nathalie Handal
To Mohsen EmadiThere are voices that stop usthat open the ground andfold our hearts into tiny squares You tell me, Juan left us—I need your embrace I tell you, Amiri left us—who’s…
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Rowan Ricardo Phillips
By Nathalie Handal
Part of the Special City Series/ New York City If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing…
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Meena Alexander
By Nathalie Handal
Part of the Special City Series / New York CityIf each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing…
The City and the Writer: In Bethlehem
By Nathalie Handal
There is magic in Bethlehem. Walk its ancient narrow streets. Allow the limestone to tell you tales and when you reach Manger Square and see the Nativity Church, listen to the chants coming from within…
The City and the Writer: In Kingston, Jamaica with Kwame Dawes
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                       —Italo…
The City and the Writer: In Amsterdam with Abdelkader Benali
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.     …
The City and the Writer: In Porto with Rosa Alice Branco
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.Italo Calvino, Invisible…
The City and the Writer: In Baltimore with Mary Jo Salter
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                             …
The City and the Writer: In Santiago de Compostela, Galicia with Yolanda Castaño
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                             …
The City and the Writer: In Bogotá with Juan Gabriel Vásquez
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                    —Italo…
The City and the Writer: In Granada with Fernando Valverde
By Nathalie Handal
Special Country Series / Spain 2013If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Beijing with Jen Lin-Liu
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.     …
The City and the Writer: In Madrid with Patricio Pron
By Nathalie Handal
Special Country Series / Spain 2013If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Kathmandu with Samrat Upadhyay
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series / Kathmandu, Nepal 2013If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all…
The City and the Writer: In Kathmandu with Rabi Thapa
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series / Kathmandu, Nepal 2013If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all…
The City and the Writer: In Kathmandu with Manjushree Thapa
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series/ Kathmandu, Nepal 2013By Nathalie HandalIf each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed…
The City and the Writer: In Miami with Diana Abu-Jaber
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                             …
The City and the Writer: In Miami with M. Evelina Galang
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Fayetteville with Geoffrey Brock
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.     …
The City and the Writer: In Bethel, Maine with Richard Blanco
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                             …
The City and the Writer: In Paris with David Foenkinos
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                               …
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Patrick Rosal
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series / New York City 2012If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the…
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Mathea Harvey
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series / New York City 2012If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the…
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Monica Ferrell
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series / New York City 2012If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the…
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Camille Rankine
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series / New York City 2012 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the…
The City and the Writer: In New York City with Willie Perdomo
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series / New York City 2012If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the…
The City and the Writer: In Marfa with David McDannald
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.     …
The City and the Writer: In Santiago de Chile with Idra Novey
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                                                        …
The City and the Writer: In San Francisco with Matthew Zapruder
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In London with Hisham Matar
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series / London   If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities…
The City and the Writer: In Florence with Elisa Biagini
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.     …
The City and the Writer: In Minsk with Valzhyna Mort
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In London with Esther Freud
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series/London If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.…
The City and the Writer: In Kabul with Bashir Sakharwaz
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible…
The City and the Writer: In Dubai with Nujoom Al-Ghanim
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Portland with Flávia Rocha
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                                                      …
The City and the Writer: In Athens with Dimitris Athinakis
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                                              …
The City and the Writer: In Copenhagen with Niels Hav
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.     …
This
By Nathalie Handal
This poem is dedicated to my friend and colleague Juliano Mer Khamis, born in Nazareth in 1958 and Artistic Director of the Jenin Freedom Theater. He was tragically shot by unknown assailants in Jenin…
The City and the Writer: In Brooklyn with Tina Chang
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series / New York City 2011If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the…
The City and the Writer: In Queens with Irina Reyn
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series / New York City 2011If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the…
The City and the Writer: In Manhattan with Lorraine Adams
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series/New York City 2011 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the…
The City and the Writer: In Staten Island with Vasyl Makhno
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series / New York City 2011 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the…
The City and the Writer Introduces Specials
By Nathalie Handal
The idea of adding a Specials component to The City and the Writer came while I was in Berlin this past winter 2010. Some cities seduce and intrigue so profoundly that you can’t refrain from wanting…
The City and the Writer: In the Bronx with Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
By Nathalie Handal
Part of the Special City Series / New York City 2011 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing…
The City and the Writer: In Washington, D.C. with E. Ethelbert Miller
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …
The City and the Writer: In Damascus with Abed Ismael
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                       …
The City and the Writer: In Los Angeles with Dorothy Barresi
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …
The City and the Writer: In London with Owen Hatherley
By Nathalie Handal
Special City Series/London If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.…
The City and the Writer: In Bogotá with Gonzalo Márquez Cristo
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino,…
The City and the Writer: In Antwerp with Ramsey Nasr
By Nathalie Handal
If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …
New Blog Series: Nathalie Handal’s “The City and the Writer”
By Nathalie Handal
I have a passion for cities, their irresistible unrest, the way they make you feel unsettled yet welcomed. I also have a passion for books. And, as we all know, the two go hand-in-hand. It's hard…