Cloth $24.95 ISBN: 9781905422906 Published October 2008 World sales rights except India

Conversations with My Father, Adonis

Ninar Esber

Conversations with My Father, Adonis

Ninar Esber

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Lorna Scott Fox
232 pages
Cloth $24.95 ISBN: 9781905422906 Published October 2008 World sales rights except India
Artist meets writer; young woman meets older man; daughter meets father.  All these encounters are played out in the arresting conversations between the artist Ninar Esper (b. 1971) and the father she hardly knew, the Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis (b. 1930).  Esber passionately challenges Adonis on subjects ranging from fundamentalism to animal rights, from feminism to aesthetics; Adonis responds with amusement and judicious wisdom, not concealing the contradictions of a patriarchal humanist libertarian.  On Esber's side, the poignancy of growing up without a father becomes a drama with Oedipal overtones.
 
This intensely personal two-hander is at the same time representative of many contemporary displacements.  Comparing their experiences of war, exile and cultural rootlessness, two individuals differently marked by Middle Eastern history seek a common ground in Paris.  An intimate, uncensored, ultimately unresolved search for communication and forgiveness.
Contents

Foreword

Forever Young

I Am What I Am

My Heart Belongs to Daddy

Lemon Inceste

It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World

Je T’aime Moi Non Plus

Rock the Casbah

Résiste

Stairway to Heaven

Heroes

Epilogue

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