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Since I Ran Out of gods

April 21, 20237:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Ambassadors’ Hall (at Calle Alcalá, 62, First Floor). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

Casa Árabe is presenting this work by David de Juan Marcos, with the cooperation of Malpaso Ediciones, as part of “Book Night 2023.” Participating in the event are both the author, and writer María Ángeles López de Celis. The event will be held in Madrid on April 21.

In the book, the author meets Momo, a Palestinian refugee from Syria’s civil war, in 2018 and decides to tell the story of him and his family: from the Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948, his childhood and youth in Damascus and the revolution in 2011, to imprisonment, torture and exile, first in Denmark and then Sweden, where he now works with teenagers who fled the war. Straddling the forms of novel, memoir and diary, this true story of a two-faceted exile is also an analysis of survivor guilt and the bigotry faced by an Arab immigrant in Europe.

Participating in the presentation are David de Juan Marcos and writer María Ángeles López de Celis. It will be introduced by Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe’s Culture and International Relations Coordinator.

David de Juan Marcos (Salamanca, 1980) has received numerous awards for his short fiction. His first novel, El baile de las lagartijas (The Lizards’ Dance, 2011), earned him a grant from the Antonio Gala Foundation for Young Creators, and was awarded the Twenty-Seventh City of Valencia Vicente Blasco Ibáñez International Novel Prize, soon becoming a hit with both the public and critics alike. His published works also include La mejor de las vidas (The Best of Lives, 2016), and El ladrón de vírgenes (The Virgin Thief, 2017).

María Ángeles López de Celis (Madrid, 1957) is a psychologist and writer from Madrid. Her published titles include Los Presidentes en zapatillas (“The Presidents in Slippers”), El Síndrome de Alí Babá (“The Ali Baba Syndrome”), Las Damas de la Moncloa (“The Ladies of La Moncloa”) and the novels Las Crónicas de Armikelo (“The Armikelo Chronicles”), Los Horcher (“The Horcher’s”) and La diputada (“The Woman MP”). In 2020, she published Los otros hijos de Dios (“God’s Other Children”), a novel set in the refugee camps of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Since I Ran Out of gods
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