A talk on Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi with Donald Nicolson-Smith, translator of In Praise of Defeat (Archipelago Books, 2017) and Robyn Creswell, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University; poetry editor at The Paris Review.


On In Praise of Defeat:

Abdellatif Laâbi is without a doubt the major francophone voice of Moroccan poetry today.  Shaped by struggle and the pain of exile, Laâbi’s expressive simplicity reflects both a life worn to the bone and a resilient, embracing spirit. Laâbi’s is a poetry of protestinternally tumultuous yet delicate verse that grapples with political and spiritual oppression. This collection of poems, selected by Laâbi himself, shows the evolution of his style. From the mutilated syntax and explosive verse of his early work to the subtle lyricism and elegant constructions of phrase that characterize him now, Laâbi never ceases searching, demanding, penetrating.


Organized with Archipelago Books; part of the Sant Jordi in New York Festival organized by The Farragut Fund for Catalan Culture in the U.S. and the Catalan Institute of America. More information here.

NYU La Maison Francaise 16 Washington Mews New York, NY 10003

Abdellatif Laâbi’s Poems of Love and Struggle

When
April 21, 2017 | 7:00 p.m
Where
NYU La Maison Francaise
16 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003

A talk on Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi with Donald Nicolson-Smith, translator of In Praise of Defeat (Archipelago Books, 2017) and Robyn Creswell, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University; poetry editor at The Paris Review.


On In Praise of Defeat:

Abdellatif Laâbi is without a doubt the major francophone voice of Moroccan poetry today.  Shaped by struggle and the pain of exile, Laâbi’s expressive simplicity reflects both a life worn to the bone and a resilient, embracing spirit. Laâbi’s is a poetry of protestinternally tumultuous yet delicate verse that grapples with political and spiritual oppression. This collection of poems, selected by Laâbi himself, shows the evolution of his style. From the mutilated syntax and explosive verse of his early work to the subtle lyricism and elegant constructions of phrase that characterize him now, Laâbi never ceases searching, demanding, penetrating.


Organized with Archipelago Books; part of the Sant Jordi in New York Festival organized by The Farragut Fund for Catalan Culture in the U.S. and the Catalan Institute of America. More information here.

 

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