In Vain I Migrate by Abdellatif Laâbi
Abdellatif Laâbi is a leading Morrocan poet who writes in French. In 1966 he helped found the important artistic journal Souffles, in 1972 the journal was banned and in 1974 Laâbi was imprisoned for 8 years for "crimes of opinion" for his political beliefs and his writings. After his release in 1985, he moved to France where he still lives in exile.
His work was translated for the PTC by André Naffis-Sahely, who recently edited The Heart of a Stranger an anthology of exile literature for Pushkin Press.
The dual-language chapbook introducing the poetry of Abdellatif Laâbi, translated by André Naffis-Sahely can be brought from the PTC website.
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