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Abdellatif Laâbi, Terra Incognita

Recently, Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi was at London’s Mosaic Rooms and Free Word Centre, celebrating the release of his Bottom of the Jar and a new chapbook of his poems. Roland Glasser earlier reported on the launch; now Yasmine Seale reflects on Laâbi’s poetry and… Read More ›

Andre Naffis-Sahely on Translating the ‘Fearlessly Political’ Collection ‘The Rule of Barbarism’

The new Pirogue Poet Series, which aims to “encourage long-term, sustained dialogue between African artists and writers and the rest of the world,” has published its first volume: Andre Naffis-Sahely’s translation of Abdellatif Laâbi’s The Rule of Barbarism (1976 Fr; 2012 Eng). The visceral, searing collection, which throbs with Laâbi’s powerful orality, was first published while the poet was serving an eight-year prison sentence (1972-1980) for “crimes of opinion” against the Moroccan state. There is an excerpt now on Jadaliyya; ArabLit also corresponded with Naffis-Sahely about translating the book:

Telling the Abdellah Taïa Story

This month in Asymptote, there are two pieces in the voice of Moroccan-French author Abdellah Taïa: one a piece of memoir published in French in 2007, “Homosexuality Explained To My Mother,” and the other a recent Q&A with the author.

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