Etel Adnan’s Paris, When It’s Naked: The Poet’s Novel, by Laynie Browne @ Jacket2
Ammiel Alcalay reviews Paris, When It’s Naked and Of Cities and Women (Letters to Fawwaz), originally published @ The Nation
Lee O’Brien reviews Sitt Marie Rose @ Middle East Research and Information Project
Jane Creighton reviews Sitt Marie Rose @ New Women’s Times
Etel Adnan was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1925. 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; Premonition (Kelsey Street Press, 2014); Surge (Nightboat Books, 2018); and Time (Nightboat Books, 2019), winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Best Translated Book Award. Nightboat Books published the 2-volume set, To look at the sea is to become what one is: An Etel Adnan Reader, in 2014. Also in that year, Adnan was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest cultural honor, by the French Government. Her paintings, described by New York Times art critic Roberta Smith as “stubbornly radiant abstractions,” have been widely exhibited. 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.