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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The earth opens and That is the fundamental concern. At that moment, yes, we will have genuine citizens.

Abdellatif Laabi

The hope he put in the promise of such a society was effusive, insistent, and sometimes touched by a note of suppressed self-doubt. If authors today only wrote poetry, they would be ruined authors, unable to live from their pen. Born in Fez inhe co-founded the poetry review Abdwllatif in He was released inand five years later he moved to France where he has resided ever since.

It would have been better if you were all illiterate. At the time of the founding of Islam for instance, poets were very poorly seen by those considered as adversaries of the Prophet. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. His final trial was still four months away. Morocco, What Democratic Project? No, not at all.


And they also published in the automobile magazine of Casablanca. Also perhaps just an acquired deformation — you are always on the look-out, with a feeling of always being followed, totally alert, watching for the smallest gesture, the least word which might be a prey for laqbi eyes and ears in the walls. You just have to come up to someone smiling for everything to go well. Poetry since has evolved considerably thanks to this freedom. Ananthamurthy and the Rite of Writing U.

So that was the group we started with.

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It is the optimism of the will that allows movement and change even when conditions are difficult. So we met—or rather—I was curious enough to seek them out, and at the same time we met a group of painters in Casablanca: Did he emigrate to France? What are their dreams? What are their hopes? Christopher Schaefer is a writer and translator living in Paris. How do we make sure that Morocco gains access to the universal? In poetry, we find the first expression of human emotions: What is the issue?

That gives you abde,latif idea of the limited options at the time when it came to literary reviews.

Abdellatif Laâbi (Author of The Bottom of the Jar)

Laavi moves there, it transforms itself, and so as a result it has an impact on other literary genres. But the people are very spirited, very spontaneous. This page was last edited on 12 Septemberat 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.


We worked together to see how what we both wrote could communicate, and we did a show together.

Another question that is often posed to you is that of your decision to write in French. Despair serves no purpose for me. I think there is some reality in it because my mother could not assert too much being illiterate.

The language in which a writer writes is one which he chooses voluntarily. Critics and historians of literature know very well that poetry has always played a primary role in the renewing of language and of writing.

We need abdellqtif youth of today to take on that responsibility. 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.

The Abdellatif Laâbi Interview

There would be a couple dozen authors. I think there is a real interest in dialogue. Max Nelson is writing a series on prison literature.

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