Lebanese literary evenings
Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 November 2018 at 7 pm
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence, the Boghossian Foundation honours Lebanese literature and welcomes Hoda Barakat, Jabbour Douaihy, Roda Fawaz, Venus Khoury-Ghata, Alexandre Najjar and Marwan Zoueini during two evenings that combine poetry, contemporary literature and music.
Tribute to Khalil Gibran
Tuesday 20 November 2018 at 7 pm
Alexander Najar, Khalil Gibran’s biographer, will immerse us in the Lebanese poet’s oeuvre, alongside Roda Fawaz who will read a selection of his work. The evening will be punctuated by musical intervals with Marwan Zoueini, who will play his own compositions inspired by the poet’s writing.
In addition to his books and poems, which were first written in Arabic and then directly transcribed in English, Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) was a famous painter in the United States, his chosen homeland. He was also a well-known columnist in the Arab press in the Middle East. His most famous work, The Prophet, was translated into more than 40 languages and consists of twenty-six poetic texts. The book became popular in the 1960s with the counterculture movement and has sold several million copies across the globe.
Alexandre Najjar is a French-speaking Lebanese lawyer and writer, born in 1967 in Beirut. He has written more than thirty books translated into a dozen languages, including Le Roman de Beyrouth, Le Dictionnaire amoureux du Liban, Kadicha, Phénicia and Harry et Franz. A former advisor to the minister of culture in Lebanon, he has been honoured with several awards and literary prizes, including the Prix Hervé Deluen de l’Académie française, the Bourse de l’écrivain de la Fondation Lagardere, and the Prix Méditerranée.
A specialist on Gibran Khalil Gibran, he devoted a biography and several essays to the poet, and supervised the publication of the Oeuvres complètes de Gibran in the Bouquins collection at Robert Laffont.
Roda Fawaz, a Belgian comedian of Lebanese origin, is a graduate of the IAD Théâtre. He notably performed at the Théâtre de Poche and at the Rideau de Bruxelles, before writing and acting alone on stage in L’homme qui passe at the Maison du Conte de Bruxelles, as well as in his one-man show Quarts d’identité which he will perform in France and in Belgium over the next two years. In addition to his theatre work, he has co-written two short films and played in various film and television projects alongside distinguished actors and directors. Détour aux sources, his first feature film, co-directed with Cyril Guei and in which he will be starring, will be showing soon.
Marwan Zoueini was born in 1959 in Lebanon. A concert artist, singer and composer, his music is a skillful blend of Arabic traditions from the Middle East and Western music repertoires. He was awarded the First Prize at the Musique sans Frontières festival in 1985, and is the author of the book Musique et ses Frontières. He now teaches the Near-Eastern lute at the Flemish Conservatory of Brussels.
A look at contemporary Lebanese literature
Wednesday 21 November 2018 at 7 pm
Hoda Barakat, Vénus Khoury-Ghata and Jabbour Douaihy shine a light on the vivid, prolific and rich Lebanese literary scene.
Born in 1952 in Beirut, Hoda Barakat has lived in Paris since 1989. Her novels, written in Arabic, have been translated into more than fifteen languages. She has also written plays and participated in collective publications. She has been awarded prestigious prizes and honoured with two decorations in France. A guest professor in several American universities, she now teaches at Dartmouth College, USA.
Born in Lebanon, Vénus Khoury-Ghata is a novelist and poet, and has been awarded several literary prizes for her work, including the Grand Prix de la Poésie de l’Académie française and the Prix Goncourt de la poésie.
Born in 1949 in Lebanon, Jabbour Douaihy is a writer and professor of French literature at the University of Tripoli, as well as a translator and critic for the newspaper L’Orient littéraire. From 1995 to 1998, alongside Samir Kassir, he participated in the editorial aventure of the L’Orient-Express. He has written seven novels in which he explores Lebanon, its history and contemporaneousness, and is one of the country’s main cultural players.
BOGHOSSIAN FOUNDATION – VILLA EMPAIN
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