The Maghrebi anthology …

…or the book Habib Tengour & I kept referring to as Diwan Iffrikyia all the years we worked on it, & that UCP calls The University of California Book of North African Literature, has now its Amazon site, which does allow you to check out the table of contents and read some (20%, they say) of the texts while waiting for the copies to arrive (any day now! — though probably no longer in time for Christmas).

Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature

Publication Date: January 31, 2013 | ISBN-10: 0520273850 | ISBN-13: 978-0520273856 | Edition: 1
Book Description
In this fourth volume of the landmark Poems for the Millennium series, Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour present a comprehensive anthology of the written and oral literatures of the Maghreb, the region of North Africa that spans the modern nation states of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania, and including a section on the influential Arabo-Berber and Jewish literary culture of Al-Andalus, which flourished in Spain between the ninth and fifteenth centuries. Beginning with the earliest pictograms and rock drawings and ending with the work of the current generation of post-independence and diasporic writers, this volume takes in a range of cultures and voices, including Berber, Phoenician, Jewish, Roman, Vandal, Arab, Ottoman, and French. Though concentrating on oral and written poetry and narratives, the book also draws on historical and geographical treatises, philosophical and esoteric traditions, song lyrics, and current prose experiments. These selections are arranged in five chronological “diwans” or chapters, which are interrupted by a series of “books” that supply extra detail, giving context or covering specific cultural areas in concentrated fashion. The selections are contextualized by a general introduction that situates the importance of this little-known culture area and individual commentaries for nearly each author.

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Pierre Joris

Pierre Joris is a poet, translator, essayist & anthologist who has published more than 50 books, most recently, Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press and The University of California Book of North African Literature (volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour. Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited & translated by Joris, and Pierre Joris: Cartographies of the In-between, essays on Joris’ work edited by Peter Cockelbergh, came out in 2012. Forthcoming are Barzakh — Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press) & Breathturn Into Timestead:The Collected Later Poems of Paul Celan (FSG).

6 opinions on “The Maghrebi anthology …”

  1. This is fantastic news, Pierre. Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. The first volume of PftM changed my life–this one may do so as well. Thank you for all you have done to bring treasure to the English-speaking world. (Where, I think, we should all learn a few more languages.)

  2. Congratulations at year’s end to both of you for creating an anthology filled with writers and singers most of us have never heard of before. This is not only a major contribution to world literature but to the vast expanse of the human spirit, its trial and trails, its ethnospheres and phantom presence.

  3. Authorative, compelling and exhilarating.
    An anthology that brings into focus the diversity
    of identities and perspectives—a vortex filled
    with jewels. Kudos! Rochelle

  4. What a wonderful surprise to see this important book introduced to poetry lovers everywhere. My loudest cheers of congratulation to you both. Like Jeff Hansen and, I expect, many others, I can’t wait to get my hands on it, too.

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