A “Nobelisable” Djebar?

M. Lynx Qualey has an interesting post on her Arabic Literature (in English) blog, which I am reposting below. It is quite true that Assia Djebar would have been a much more interesting choice (among many possibles — I still think Adonis should have gotten the Nobel years ago). Her work as a novelist, essayist, poet & filmmaker is breathtaking in its scope, formal inventiveness, historical sweep, psychological savvyness, … Read more A “Nobelisable” Djebar?

Norbert Hirschhorn on Diwan Ifrikiya

On this morning’s London EYEWEAR blog — first paras below: Norbert Hirschhorn reviews Poems for the Millennium [Volume 4] The University of California Book of North African Literature, edited by Pierre Joris andHabib Tengour, 2012 This is the fourth volume in the series, Poems for the Millennium, begun by Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris under the imprint of the University of California. The first published in 1995 is titled Book of Modern & Postmodern Poetry … Read more Norbert Hirschhorn on Diwan Ifrikiya

Birbeck College Reading

Birkbeck Contemporary Poetics Research Centre welcomes Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte A presentation: Poems for the Millennium: Volume Four The University of California Book of North African Literature Followed by Domopoetics  Personal & Shared Artistic Practices A Multimedia performance that meanders dialogically between Pierre Joris’ poems, translations & thinking, & Nicole Peyrafitte’s drawings & videos, voice- & textual work. Tuesday 14 May, from 7pm Room 253 Birkbeck Main Building, Torrington … Read more Birbeck College Reading

Mohammed Bennis Interview

The excellent BANIPAL magazine has just published a solid interview with Moroccan poet Mohammed Bennis conducted by Camilo Gomez-Rivas. Opening paras below. You can access the whole piece here. Mohammed Bennis lives for literature, and for poetry in particular. Camilo Gomez-Rivas introduces this influential Moroccan literary figure and poet, with an in-depth interview and translations from two of his most important poetry collections. The semantic shifts one encounters in a single … Read more Mohammed Bennis Interview

Ron Silliman on Millennium 4

Extracted from a larger piece on Silliman’s blog on a number of new & recent anthologies (check out the whole post here): (…) Another anthology available from UC Press that is a “must own” item is Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature, co-edited by Pierre Joris &Habib Tengour. It’s not a slam on any of the other volumes to say that this is the best … Read more Ron Silliman on Millennium 4

Diwan Iffrikyia is Here!

Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature Pierre Joris (Editor), Habib Tengour (Editor) order HERE 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 … Read more Diwan Iffrikyia is Here!

Rachida Madani in Jadaliyya

Check out the excellent poems by Moroccan poet Rachida Madani as translated by Marilyn Hacker & just published by Jadaliyya. The first one is reproduced below; read the others here.   TALES OF A SEVERED HEAD Rachida Madani Translated by Marilyn Hacker   The First Tale I What city and what night since it’s night in the city when a woman and a train-station argue over the same half of a man who is … Read more Rachida Madani in Jadaliyya

From Mourad Bourboune’s “The Muezzin”

One of the problems last summer, working on completing the Maghreb anthology (forthcoming in November, details here), was to find work by Mourad Bourboune, an Algerian writer I had heard of but never read as the work had been out of print for years.  The book Habib & I were looking for was called Le Muezzin, a near-mythological novel that is also & at the same time the author’s … Read more From Mourad Bourboune’s “The Muezzin”