Alfred Goubran
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Alfred Goubran

Alfred Goubran is an accomplished author, publisher, translator, and musician.

He was born to an Egyptian father and an Austrian mother on January 6, 1964. After spending his early childhood in Graz und Iserlohn (FRG), the family moved to Carinthia following the death of his father. His first publications and readings occurred in 1983.

In 1993 he founded the publishing house “edition selene,” publishing among other books his own translations, Der parfümierte Garten. Ein Handbuch arabischer Liebeskunst, a translation of The Perfumed Garden by Sheik Nefzawi (2004), and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Die gelbe Tapete (2005).

He closed the publishing house in 2010 to concentrate on his own writing. His first novel, Aus, appeared in 2010. Durch die Zeit in meinem Zimmer was published in 2014, followed by his third novel Das letzte Journal in 2016 and a collection of poetry, Gebete & Sitzbilder in 2017.

Goubran has been a writer-in-residence at NYU and a guest of the Cité des Arts in Paris. Besides his writing, Goubran has also pursued music projects, publishing the CDs “Die Glut” in 2014 and “irrlicht” in 2016. Under the name NABIL, Goubran released his first solo album “RELOCATED” in 2018. He lives in Vienna. (2020)


Winter 2020 (Issue 15), Across Time in My Room