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Browse through Abdellatif Laâbi’s poems and quotes. 12 poems of Abdellatif Laâbi. Still I Rise, The Road Not Taken, If You Forget Me, Dreams, Stopping By. Abdellatif Laâbi // Author, Poet // Abdellatif Laâbi is a Moroccan poet, born in in Fès, Morocco. Laâbi founded with other poets the artistic journal Souffles in. Abdellatif Laâbi is a poet, novelist, playwright, translator and political activist. He was born in Fez, Morocco in In the s, Laâbi was the founding editor.

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Did he return to Algeria?

The Reign of Barbarism: Abdellatif Laabi’s Prison Poems

The other concern is to make sure that the message, the humanist values of the little humanity to which we all belong with which we share sufferings and hopes, may be transmitted to the great humanity. It was banned inbut throughout its short life, it opened up to abdeloatif from other countries of the Maghreb and those of the Third World.

And what is often worse is to see that the West remains insensitive to the daily tragedy while at the same time accommodating, not to say supporting, the ruling classes who strangle the free will and aspirations of their people.

What is it that animates them and outrages them? The Greeks, a familiar legend goes, called foreigners barbari because it was the sound they heard whenever the people in question opened laaib mouths.

This page was last edited on 12 Septemberat I requested some of the rappers to read my texts, to see what it would produce. Which Moroccan writers deserve a wider readership in the English-speaking world? We need the youth of today to take on that responsibility. In Morocco we live in a kind of apartheid when it comes to education and teaching. I understand that well.


The Abdellatif Laâbi Interview | Quarterly Conversation

But for a great many people, poetry remains difficult—even perhaps too difficult. We need women to take on political responsibilities. In the United States translation of national literatures remains rather limited in comparison to what is translated in France or in other countries like the Netherlands or even in Turkey. Always imagine me living and struggling, in unity and contradiction, but always pushing ahead.

He was, inforced into exile in France. It reminds me also of the writings of prisoners who denounced the universe of incarceration and political oppression. What are their obsessions?

I spoke English well until my high school graduation. We worked together to see how what we both wrote could communicate, and we did a show together.

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We might say, a denunciation of the world today that is mixed into declarations of a world that is to come. Something that struck me while reading your autobiography was that your first encounter with the French language was via an Algerian teacher of French, Mr.

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What I miss perhaps is the anarchy. You have remarked on several occasions that poetry is a way to resist the commodification of culture. She was often angry at her condition, and it was by listening to her speak that perhaps—and I say perhaps—the desire to write was born in me.

He was released inand five years later he moved to France where he has resided ever since. Or instead, do you perhaps find a warped picture of Morocco? All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge We must prepare them so that they truly become languages of creation, of teaching, of scientific research, and of communication at the same time.

The passage of time, of waiting, is becoming relative in a certain sense. You just have to come up to someone smiling for everything to go well.

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I know that there are poets and writers that have already begun this work, but do you find that Moroccan Arabic has already undergone the pivotal moment that Italian experienced with Dante or are we still waiting for it?

The language in which a writer writes is one which he chooses voluntarily. I am all that human culture has made of me, with its diversity and its pluralism. I think this is a good moment to speak a little about your recent book Un autre Maroc Another Morocco and your abdellstif engagement.

Yes, that was in Poetry since laaib evolved considerably thanks to this freedom.

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They speak to others very easily. But there are different registers and different ways of writing poetry. I completely agree with you. We have arrived at a moment where literature is reduced to the novel, because the novel is the only literary product where there is a commercial concern.

It abdelllatif have been better if you were all illiterate. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options.

Despite his self-imposed exile, he has continued to be politically engaged in Moroccan public life, spending significant time there each year.

He spoke of the pessimism of reason and the optimism of the will. Topics Mentioning This Author. You know, because you lived in Morocco. If you really want to live from your work as a writer, you must publish a novel every two years.

Poets like Mostafa Nissaboury. Do you agree that type of wisdom is being lost? Abdelatif do we make sure that Morocco gains access to the universal?