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Author Randa Jarrar's Blog
I met Fouad Siniora in his hotel suite. He was reading the latest book by poet Mahmoud Darwish, 'Fi Hadret al-Ghiyab' (In The Presence of Absence). I maliciously said that he was trying to navigate in Darwish's beautiful, brilliant and tense vocabulary to forget the terms being repeated in the opposition campaigns against the government and the prime minister. I wished opposition leaders, as well, went to a book fair along with the necessary novels and collections of poems to give the Lebanese people the chance of spending the last summer of President Emile Lahoud's era. Unfortunately, they will not. It seems that the Lebanese people are called on to spend the summer on a razor's edge, just to use a euphemism.
I have a friend, an Iraqi, who was a civil engineer in Baghdad until work dried up in 1992. He worked as a driver through more than a decade until, in 2005, he left Iraq to brush up on his field in a graduate program. Shortly after his arrival in the US, I brought a map of Baghdad with me to meet him at a coffee shop. I wanted him to help me clear up what seemed to be some inaccuracies in the map.Read the rest here.
I laid the map out and his eyes sort of glazed over. He looked at the map as if he had never seen a map of Baghdad before.
On May 16th, the night before the RAWI conference officially starts, Arab American writers Hayan Charara and Randa Jarrar will read together in Detroit, at the Zeitgeist Gallery.
Charara is the author of two poetry books, The Alchemist's Diary and The Sadness of Others, and editor of the forthcoming anthology Contemporary Arab American Poetry. Jarrar is the author of the novel A Map of Home. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Her translations from Arabic into English are also widely published. A native of Detroit, Charara now lives in Texas. Jarrar, a long-time resident of Texas, now lives in Michigan.
The reading is smoke-free and admission free, though donations are accepted, and wine will be served for a fee.
In addition to readings, the Zeitgeist Gallery also features artwork and stages theatrical productions.
The Zeitgeist is located at 2661 Michigan Avenue, Detroit MI.
For more information, please visit: www.zeitgeistdetroit.org