Naïm Kattan

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...