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My Mother's Language by Abdellatif Laâbi, trans. By André Naffis-Sahely

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Abdellatif Laâbi is widely acknowledged to be Morocco's greatest living poet. For the last fifty years, he has produced works of unique philosophical and emotional insight that have been guided –  above all – by a commitment to say what needed to be said. In 1972 this led to his arrest, torture and eight-and-a-half year imprisonment. This selection features some of his most powerful shorter poems alongside a long extract from his seminal work 'Casablanca Spleen'.

The poems in this edition have been translated by the celebrated poet and translator André Naffis-Sahely and the book features a fascinating afterword by the poet Yousif M. Qasmiyeh reflecting on poetic and ethical courage of Laâbi's work. 

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