Naïm Kattan was born in Baghdad in 1928 and emigrated to Montreal in 1954. Novelist, essayist and critic, he is the author of more than 30 books, translated into several languages.
Resisting Exile: André Aciman & Naïm Kattan
Out of Egypt (1994) is André Aciman’s richly coloured memoir chronicling the exploits of his flamboyant Jewish family from their bold arrival in Alexandria in 1905 to their defeated exodus three generations later. Farewell, Babylon (1980) is Naïm Kattan’s acclaimed narrative of his childhood in Baghdad in the 1930s and 1940s.
In this session, André Aciman and Naïm Kattan, the authors of these two outstanding memoirs, explored ideas of exile, loss and i...
Naim Kattan grew up in a multicultural Baghdad as did Marina Benjamin’s grandmother. A violent pogrom shook their world in 1941 and eventually 130, 000 Jews were airlifted out of Iraq and scattered across the globe in the early fifties. The two authors discussed colonial Baghdad, the political forces that shape the country today and the fate of its Jewish diaspora.