One of the central writers and thinkers in contemporary Maghreb letters and banned by the Moroccan government, Abdellatif Laabi's poetry is increasingly influential on the international scene and spans six decades of political and literary change, innovation, and struggle. Including a wide range of work, from piercing domestic love poetry to a fierce lyricism of social resistance informed by nearly a decade spent in prison for "crimes of opinion," all of Laabi's poetry is situated firmly against tyranny and for life--an almost mythic sense of spiritual and earthly joy emanates from this resistance through the darkness of political oppression. This selection of poetry has been masterfully rendered into English for the first time by Donald Nicholson-Smith and introduced by the eminent poet and critic Pierre Joris--the first in translation to be chosen by Laabi himself.

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frenchculture.org

21 Apr 2017
8.0
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 ...
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ZYZZYVA

06 Feb 2017
8.0
Abdellatif Laâbi is perhaps Morocco’s most well-known poet-activist-writer, and a well-respected Francophone poet as well His personal history—founder of leftist Moroccan/Maghrebi magazine Souffles (Breaths) in 1966, imprisoned for “crimes of ...
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The Quarterly Conversa ...

12 Dec 2016
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Poet, activist, former prisoner, exile. Each of these identities exists in the liminal space of being and not being. The space where a poet observes, an activist takes action, a prisoner leaves one prison for that of memory, and an exile is present i ...

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Published:

January 17, 2017

Publisher:

Archipelago Books

ISBN:

978-0-914-67159-6

Language:

English

Literary Awards:

BTBA Best Translated Book Award Nominee, Shortlisted (2017)
Griffin Poetry Prize Nominee for International Shortlisted (2017)
PEN Award for Poetry in Translation Nominee for Donald Nicholson-Smith (2017)

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