Presentation of a new anthology
Presentation of a new anthology edited by poet and translator André Naffis-Sahely, offering a uniquely varied look at a theme both ancient and urgently contemporary.
André Naffis-Sahely, Jenny Xie (NYU, Graywolf poet), Aaron Robertson (Lit Hub Editor and translator of Ethiopian memoirist Martha Nasibù) and Jonathan Galassi (poet and translator, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Heart of a Stranger charts the history of our world’s civilizations through the prism of exile, taking the reader from Ancient Egypt to the present day through three hundred pages of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The anthology spans six continents and twenty-four languages and is divided into six sections, which have been arranged thematically and chronologically.
Highlights include the wisdom of the 5th century Desert Fathers and Mothers, the Siculo-Arabic poetry of Ibn Hamdis, Moses ibn Ezra, an excerpt from Dante’s Paradise, the Byzantine poet Michael Marullus, the Swahili Song of Liyongo, The Flight of the Irish Earls, Madame de Staël’s reflections after leaving Napoleon’s Paris, Emma Goldman’s travails in the wake of the First Red Scare, and the Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani’s ode to the lost world of Andalusia, concluding with a selection of work by more contemporary exiles, like the Uyghur poet Ahmetjan Osman, the Moroccan writer Abdellatif Laâbi, our old friend Alessandro Spina, and the Italo-Eritrean fabulist Ribka Sibhatu.
Languages include: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Irish Gaelic, Kurdish, Latin, Old English, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tamazight, Turkish, Uyghur, Vietnamese and Yiddish. There are 90 contributions, with 60 translations.
Uri Cohen: Affection and Survival:
Uri Cohen: Affection and Survival: Primo Levi and Friendship in the Camp
Affection is a lesser known aspect of the human and Jewish experience in the camps. Mostly it is related to the fractured past of which the camp is the present. Having written some of the essential pages on the human experience in the Lager, Primo Levi continued contemplating and writing about it throughout his life. This talk will question affection in Levi’s writing and its place in the camp as a strategy of survival. Affection saves, but it also prompts Levi’s internal inquiry that leads to the heart of his defining conceptual innovation: the Gray Zone.
Uri S. Cohen holds a PhD. from the Hebrew University and has served on the faculty of Columbia University (2004-2011). He currently teaches Hebrew and Italian literature at Tel Aviv University where he moved through an award from the Rothschild Foundation. He is the author of Survival: Senses of Death between the World Wars in Italy and Palestine (2007), Orly Castel Bloom (2011), and The Security Style (2017) on the Hebrew culture of war. He is currently working on a counter-biography of Primo Levi.