Conversations with My Father, Adonis

Translated by and Lorna Scott Fox
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Artist meets writer; young woman meets older man; daughter meets father. All these encounters are played out in the arresting conversations between the artist Ninar Esber and the father she hardly knew, the Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis. Esber passionately challenges Adonis on subjects ranging from fundamentalism to animal rights, from feminism to aesthetics; Adonis responds with amusement and judicious wisdom, not concealing the contradictions of a patriarchal humanist libertarian. On Esber’s side, the poignancy of growing up without a father becomes a drama with Oedipal overtones.

This intensely personal two-hander is at the same time representative of many contemporary displacements. Comparing their experiences of war, exile and cultural rootlessness, two individuals differently marked by Middle Eastern history seek a common ground in Paris. An intimate, uncensored, ultimately unresolved search for communication and forgiveness.

ISBN: 9781905422906
Pages: 232
Publication Year: October 2008
Size: 6" x 7.5"
Rights: UCP
Format: Hardback
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