UVA to host prominent Israeli author Sayed Kashua

university of virginiaDecorated newspaper humorist and novelist Sayad Kashua will speak at the University of Virginia Thursday at 5 p.m.

Kashua’s talk, “Living with Dual Identity,” will take place in room 130 of Monroe Hall. He is a guest of UVA’s Jewish studies program and the talk is free and open to the public.

Kashua is a prolific writer whose work has appeared in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz and he has written four novels. His most recent book, “Native,” is a compilation of his columns in Ha’aretz, which are notable because he identifies as Palestinian, though he was born in Israel.

A recent book reviewer on National Public Radio compared the humorist to writer Charles Bukowski. “Not so pugnacious, maybe, but just as vulnerable,” said Jason Sheehan in February. “Just as aware and critical – of his city, his family, Israel, the Arabs, but most of all of himself.”

Writer and creator of the hit Israeli television shows “Arab Labor” and “The Writer,” Kashua had his novel, “Dancing Arabs,” adapted into a feature film, “A Borrowed Identity,” which premiered at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival. In 2004, he received the Prime Minister’s Prize in Literature, and in 2011, he received the prestigious Bernstein Prize for writers under age 50.

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