Saadi Youssef 

24. Jun - 24. Jun 14 / ended The Mosaic Rooms


7 pm

Talk | Multi-disciplinary | London

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Collected Poetical Works of Saadi Youssef

Saadi Youssef was born in Iraq and is considered one of the most important contemporary poets in the Arab world. Following his experience as a political prisoner in Iraq, he has spent most of his life in exile, working as a journalist throughout North Africa and the Middle East. This publication of seven volumes spans over 60 years of poetic output. Youssef writes;

‎“The seven volumes of my poetical works contain what I have written between ‎‎1952 and 2014. They represent a life’s journey that is rich in hope, dangers and ‎departures and is also a journey on the long road of art. Whosoever is interested in the ‎aesthetics of contemporary Arabic poetry can trace my many steps in these ‎volumes.‎ It has been my good fortune to have lived a long life, to experiment ceaselessly ‎and to continue doing so until now. Residing in London has accorded me support and a home. It has given me ‎years of abundant output, tranquillity and experiences in life and art. I will remain indebted to this ‎country that has granted me peace and safety.”‎

Saadi Youssef will be in conversation with Omar Al-Qattan about his work, following which he will do a reading of his poems in Arabic and a special guest will read selected translations in English.

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