Nonfiction. "Written against the background of war at the turn of this century, this millennium—the Gulf War, the Lebanese civil war and the military occupations of that country, the author's country of origin—these letters, OF CITIES AND WOMEN, are in their turn now letters to cities and women—that we, that is, women and men alike, might eventually, before it is too late, 'find the right geography for our revelations.'"—Barbara Harlow
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Etel Adnan was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1925, the daughter of a Greek Christian from Smyrna and a high- ranking Ottoman officer from Damascus. Her work as a whole is a faithful record of the times and places she has lived in Beirut, Paris, and in the San Francisco Bay Area. At least eighteen works by Adnan have been published in English. They include SITT MARIE ROSE (Post-Apollo Press, 1982); THE ARAB APOCALYPSE (Post-Apollo Press, 1989); SEA AND FOG (Nightboat Books, 2012), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and the California Book Award for Poetry; and PREMONITION (Kelsey Street Press, 2014). Nightboat Books published the 2-volume set, TO LOOK AT THE SEA IS TO BECOME WHAT ONE IS: AN ETEL ADNAN READER, in 2014. In 2011, Adnan received Small Press Traffic's Lifetime Achievement Award. Her paintings, described by New York Times art critic Roberta Smith as "stubbornly radiant abstractions," have been widely exhibited, most recently at Documenta 13 and in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Spanning media and genres, Adnan's writings have led to numerous collaborations with artists and musicians, including the French part of CIVIL WarS, a multi-language opera by American stage director Robert Wilson, performed in Lyon and Bobigny in 1985.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
It sometimes seems to me that this fifteen-year war has been an immense tribute to death. They love death in the East because they love the sacred. Everything is sacralized: the person, the family, the tribe, the clan, the State, money, women...And the sacred is whatever is fixed, unchangeable: hence death. It calls for sacrifice, and we're sealed in a circle.
Do we love death because we don't know how to live? Is it because we would rather lose everything than settle for less? Do we confuse celebration and death, and stage the bloody celebrations that we have seen? Is the belief in an afterlife so strong that people die lightly, out of distraction,negligence, or excess of faith? Excess of life?...
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Descripción The Post-Apollo Press, 1993. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110942996216