Adnan, Etel

In the Heart of the Hearts of Another Country

The Life and Work of a Poet

Etel Adnan was born in Beirut in 1925. She is a very versatile artist and writer. In her native town, she studied comparative literature. Later, she studied philosophy at the Sorbonne, Harvard and Berkeley. She writes lyric poetry, prose and plays in English and French, and also paints. Her books have been translated into Arabic, Italian and German; her poems have been set to music by notable musicians, In 1985 she worked with Robert Wilson on his opera "CivilwarS". She lives in Paris and Beirut. Selected books: "Marie Rose" (Paris: Des Femmes 1978), "L'apocalypse arabe" (Paris: Papyrus Editions 1980), "Ce ciel qui n'est pas" (Paris: L'Harmattan 1997).

Di/Visions critically examined ideologies and practices of divisions and borders in the Middle East. It was a joint project of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the research program Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe in the year 2008.

„Di/Visions. Culture and Poltics of the Middle East” was edited by Catherine David, Georges Khalil und Bernd Scherer and included a DVD with the conversations (Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen 2009). Since 2015 the edited volume has been available as an open access publication.

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