For those who have French, a rare & special treat — what is probably the first tv interview Kateb Yacine ever gave to French television when Nedjma — the defining Maghrebi novel of the fifties — came out.
This via The Washington Post. Unhappily the talk itself is not yet available either in French or even in German (not to mention English). You can however — if you have German — follow the whole ceremony, the various speeches & Sansal’s address (in French, though with overlaid German simul-translation) here. For those who have German, check out Sansal’s German translator Regina Keil-Sagawe’s excellent homage-essay in the Neue Zuricher … Read more Boualem Sansal receives German Peace Prize
Working on Maghrebi anthology here in Paris — Habib Tengour will be here shortly, so I’ll post in some haste — and translating poets for inclusion. Here are a few poems by Abdelmadjid Kaouah, born in Aïn-Taya, near Algiers, in 1954. After the 1994 assassination of his friends Tahar Djaout et Youcef Sebti he exiled himself to the Toulouse areas where he works as a writer and journalist. he is the … Read more Poems by Abdelmadjid Kaouah
Via signandsight, which I hadn’t visited in some time, this interview with the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal. (Sansal has alreday appeared on this blog, here, for example). Opening paras below, full interview here. Frustrated youth: in Algeria author Boualem Sansal sees no chance of a national uprising like in Tunesia Algeria’s best-known contemporary author still living in the country, Boualem Sansal has been awarded the 2011 Peace Prize of the … Read more Boualem Sansal: Cry for life
Assia Djebar — born in Cherchell in 1936 — is of course best known as the major Algerian novelist of her generation (Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade; A Sister to Scheherazade and Women of Algiers in their Apartments, among others). She was also the first Maghrebi woman to become a member of the Académie Française. But as a young writer she also wrote poetry. Here is one of those works, written in Rabat … Read more from the “Diwan Ifrikiya” anthology: Assia Djebar
Expressions maghrébines Revue de la Coordination internationale des chercheurs sur les littératures du Maghreb www.limag.com/em.htm Appel à articles Les écritures nomades de Habib Tengour vol. 11, no 1, été 2012 Dossier coordonné par Pierre Joris et Sonia Zlitni Fitouri Date limite de soumission des articles : 30 juin 2011 « L’image est souveraine dans le cri de l’aube. » L’Arc et la cicatrice Habib Tengour, écrivain, poète et sociologue algérien, … Read more Call for Papers: Habib Tengour Issue
Arrived in Mostaganem, Algeria tonight for a 2 day conference on translation organized by the Amazigh (i.e. Berber) High Authority at the University here. Thus, with apologies, no postings for the last 3 days as I was traveling from NYC to Luxembourg via Amsterdam for 24 hours in the bosom of the family, then on to Paris for a night at friends & the plane to Oran this afternoon … Read more Nomadic Nomadics