Salah Al Hamdani, French poet, writer and actor/director was born in Baghdad in 1951. He began writing poems at about age twenty, as a political prisoner in Iraq. Opponent of Saddam Hussein, and inspired by Albert Camus, whose works could be found in the cafés of Baghdad, he chose France as a land of exile in 1975, where he continued his opposition to dictators, to war and to terrorism. In Paris he wrote more than fifty books (poetry, narratives, and short stories) of which several were translated from the Arabic with Isabelle Lagny. As actor or director, he appeared in films as well in theatrical productions, notably in 1979 in Gilgamesh in the role of Enkidou, at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, under the direction of Victor Garcia.
Meet Salah Al Hamdani in a discussion with his translator Sonia Alland followed by a reading and a book signing of his recent volume of poetry, Bagdad Adieu (Seagull Books). Moderated by Will Forrester, Translation and International Manager at English PEN.
1h30 | in English, French and Arabic | £7, members & conc. £5
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