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Wagdy El Komy | Studio Residency

Switzerland | Literature

3 Months — Literature

Wagdy El Komy started his professional career as a writer in 2008 when he published his first work “Very Cold During Night”. Since then he has published five novels and two books of short stories.

His work has received considerable acclaims among the public and literary critics. His novel “Beat” won the prestigious “Arab Thought Foundation” prize in 2016. Critics argue that his literary work belongs to the school of realism and reflects the political stresses and social ruptures of modern Egyptian Society.

Wagdy was always interested in reading Arabic translated German literature; his interest prompted him to learn German for three years at Goethe Institute in Cairo.

He was granted writing residency in Zurich and Berlin, where he finished his last two works. Wagdy was chosen by Goethe Institute in Cairo to coach a creative writing workshop titled” Cairo Short Stories” for two years (2018 and 2019).

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