Abdellatif Laâbi’s “In Praise of Defeat”

Archipelago books — maybe right now the finest US press truly turned toward & tuned in to the world beyond these Benighted States — has just released a gorgeous 800-page bilingual tome of the Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi’s Selected Poems under the title In Praise of Defeat. The choice of poems is the author’s own, and the excellent translations from the French are by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Rather than “review” & laud … Read more Abdellatif Laâbi’s “In Praise of Defeat”

Nabile Farès (1940-2016)

Just heard from his close friend, the poet Habib Tengour, that the great Algerian writer Nabile Farès died on Wednesday. A brief bio-note (revising the Wikipedia entry) for those who don’t know Farès or his work, followed by a little essay I wrote some years ago: Born in Collo, Algeria, Nabile Farès participated, during the Liberation war, in the strikes of the high school students in 1956, before joining the ranks of the National … Read more Nabile Farès (1940-2016)

The First Abdellatif Laâbi Collection of 2016 Out Now

via Arab Lit (in English) BY MLYNXQUALEY on JULY 25, 2016 • ( 0 ) There are two volumes of poetry by Prix Goncourt winner Abdellatif Laâbi out in fresh English translations this year: The first, Beyond the Barbed Wire, is out from Carcanet this month. The second is In Praise of Defeat, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith, published by Archipelago, set for release in November [Permit me to add that this volume has a preface … Read more The First Abdellatif Laâbi Collection of 2016 Out Now

Homage to Mohammed Bennis

This weekend I will travel to Asilah, Morocco, to take part on coming Tuesday in a day of homage for the great arabophone poet Mohammed Bennis, in the context of the 38th International Cultural Moussem at Al Moutamid Ibn Abbad Summer University, in the company of Adonis, Bernard Noël, Joachim Sartorius & a number of other poets & critics. Here, the detailed schedule: Programme Hommage au poète Mohammed Bennis 38ème Moussem culturel international d’Asilah … Read more Homage to Mohammed Bennis

‘Lands in Solidarity’ and ‘Resonances’: Producing African Literatures in Algeria

Via Arab LIterature (in English) &  MLYNXQUALEY on MAY 26, 2016 • ( 0 ) Nadia Ghanem talks with Apic editions and Barzakh editions, two Algerian publishing houses trying to promote literary exhange in Africa: By Nadia Ghanem From Barzakh’s stand at the 2014 book fair in Algiers. From the publisher’s website. Last year, during the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie made such … Read more ‘Lands in Solidarity’ and ‘Resonances’: Producing African Literatures in Algeria

Arabic Poetry Conference @ Boise State University

ARAB POETRY CONFERENCE مرءتمر الثعر العربي Thursday 4/21/16 3-5pm. Panel: On Arab Literature Today. Bishop Barnwell Room 3-4: MAGHREB: Pierre Joris & Habib Tengour present Poems for the Millennium Maghreb Anthology 4-5: MASHREQ: Osama Alomar and Faiza Sultan present the situation of poetry in the Mashreq. 6-8pm.  Poetry Reading by Faiza Sultan & Osama Alomar, followed by Q & A. Jordan AB Ballroom Friday 4/22/16 3-5pm. Panel: On Translating Arab Literature … Read more Arabic Poetry Conference @ Boise State University

Assia Djebar (1936-2015)

Very sad to learn of Assia Djebar‘s passing: she was an amazing woman & a superb writer! Her novel Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade can stand with Kateb Yacine’s Nedjma as foundational text for Algerian post-colonial literature. In Poems for the Millennium vol.4 I published some of her work, including a poem I reprinted here on Nomadics a while back (“Poems for a Happy Algeria”). Below, a first obit by mlynxqualey via Arabic Literature(in English): … Read more Assia Djebar (1936-2015)