André Naffis-Sahely was born in Venice, Italy, in 1985 to an Iranian father and an Italian mother, but raised in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. His debut collection of poems, The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life, will be published by Penguin in August 2017. His writing has appeared in The Economist, The Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, and The White Review. He has been awarded fellowships from bodies including MacDowell Colony and Dar al-Ma’mûn. He is also a literary translator from the Italian and the French. His translation of Abdellatif Laâbi’s Beyond the Barbed Wire: Selected Poems, winner of a PEN Translates award, was published by Carcanet Press in 2016. His website is andrenaffis.com.
A Child of the Place: An Interview with Deepak Unnikrishnan
André Naffis-Sahely talks to Deepak Unnikrishnan about his novel “Temporary People,” the surrealism of Abu Dhabi, and experience of exile....