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Abdellatif Laâbi’s Poems of Love and Struggle

Donald Nicholson-Smith
Translator, Abdellatif Laâbi, In Praise of Defeat (Archipelago Books, 2017)

Robyn Creswell
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University; poetry editor, The Paris Review

Poet, novelist, playwright, translator, and political activist, Abdellatif Laâbi was born in Fez, Morocco in 1942. He was also the founder of Souffles, an important literary review that was banned in Morocco in 1972. Laâbi received the Prix Robert Ganzo de Poésie in 2008, the Prix Goncourt de la Poésie for his Oeuvres complètes in 2009, and the Académie Française’s Grand Prix de la Francophonie in 2011.

Organized with Archipelago Books; part of the Sant Jordi in New York Festival organized by The Farragut Fund for Catalan Culture in the U.S. and the Catalan Institute of America