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For our November International Writers series, join Emilio Fraia, Helon Habila, Andrés Neuman, and Patrice Nganang as they discuss the upcoming World Cup in Qatar with Anderson Tepper.

Even more than elections, every four years the World Cup promises a rollercoaster of emotions—panic, dread, joy, ecstasy. So who better than writers to obsess over its rich, dramatic storylines and characters? On the eve of the World Cup in Qatar, four of global literature’s most thrilling—and soccer-mad—novelists come together to swap their World Cup hopes, dreams, gripes, and predictions: Emilio Fraia (Brazil), Helon Habila (Nigeria), Andrés Neuman (Argentina/Spain), and Patrice Nganang (Cameroon).

All four books will be available for purchase courtesy of Greenlight Bookstore.


Emilio Fraia is the author of Sevastopol (translated by Zoe Perry), which was published by New Directions in 2021.







Helon Habila is the author, most recently, of Travelers, published by W.W. Norton in 2019.





Andrés Neuman’s new novel, Bariloche (translated by Robin Myers), will come out from Open Letter in January. Photo by Rafa Martín



Patrice Nganang’s A Trail of Crab Tracks (translated by Amy B. Reid), the final volume in his epic Cameroonian trilogy, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in June.







Anderson Tepper is co-chair of the International Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival and has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, and World Literature Today, among other publications.

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