Lauren Pyott

writer and translator

New Article: Interview with Ghassan Zaqtan

Electronic Intifada 7th December 2012

Most of our generation wrote our first book in 1980 or 1981, and only a year later was Beirut [Israel’s invasion of Lebanon] the biggest strategic loss, despite the slogans of steadfastness. We are the sons of this generation of losses. We were the “Poets of Troy” who existed inside rather than outside the walls, as Darwish said. But this allowed us to discard the matrix of slogans and revolution and dreaming. When the dream shattered we were able to take small fragments from it, and this has granted us greater freedom.

Read the full interview here.


3 comments on “New Article: Interview with Ghassan Zaqtan

  1. Magda Magdy
    December 11, 2012

    terrific piece.. I’m an Egyptian journalist/translator as well. Would love to collaborate with you in the future. cheers

    • LaurenPyott
      December 13, 2012

      thanks! lovely pieces yourself, let’s chat!

  2. Magda Magdy
    December 14, 2012

    here, add me 🙂

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