'A Boycott on Institutions Is a Good Thing for Israelis'

In a candid interview, Lebanese writer Elias Khoury talks about his novels being translated into Hebrew, Israeli megalomania and the differences between Israeli and Palestinian writers.

Elias Khoury knows Israelis far better than they know him. He is quite familiar with Israeli literature and politics, whereas most Israelis make do with looking at his city, Beirut, through a gunsight. The acclaimed writer teaches Arabic literature at New York University one semester a year, but spends most of his time in the Lebanese capital.