Karim Kattan is a writer and holds a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature. In French, his books include a collection of short stories Préliminaires pour un verger futur (2017), and a novel, Le Palais des deux collines (2021), which were both published by the Tunis-based Éditions Elyzad. In English, his work has appeared in The Paris Review, Strange Horizons, The Maine Review, +972 Magazine, The Funambulist, and more. His writing was featured in the French Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, at the 12a Bienal Internacional de Arquitetura de São Paulo, at the MMAG Foundation, and in other venues. Karim is the host of Midnight Ocean, a show on Radio alHara that airs live at midnight every Friday.
Hotel Oriental is a novel set between Kobe and Kyoto, Japan, Bethlehem, Palestine, and Cassis, France, and tells the story of two men who fall in love in Kobe in the 1930s and continue meeting over the decades, in reincarnated, re-imagined bodies. Based on the history of Palestinian migration to France and to the harbor port of Kobe in the early XXth century, but firmly rooted in speculative fiction, Hotel Oriental explores how these different shores, bodies, and histories of sea and land resonate with each other through time and space.