Between Culture & Art - Preserving Lebanon: Ismat Mahmassani, Waciny Laredj & Zeina Hashem Beck
Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 17:00-18:00
Session No: 156
You are in Beirut in the 1970s, years before the civil war, where there is no desolation, pain, or destruction – Beirut here is scented with laurel and jasmine, bustling with joy in its alleys and neighborhoods, waking up to Fairuz’s voice and falling asleep to the Rahbani brothers’ tunes, and attracting a great deal of culture and arts.
Waciny Laredj’s latest literary work, The Piccadilly Player draws on his experience of Lebanon. Meanwhile, writer and poet Zeina Hashem Beck shares her contradictory memories of the Lebanon where she grew up in, from her visit to her uncle’s flower shop to his grave, from warm evenings with her brother to the sight of fire. She is preoccupied by a constant question: did Zeina abandon Lebanon, or did Lebanon abandon her?
Join these authors as they discuss how they reflect and preserving Lebanon through their respective crafts and work.
Ismat Mahmassani is a photographer, philanthropist and author of Messages from the Sky, inspired by her spiritual journey and her desire to share divine guidance to people from all walks of life.
Waciny Laredj is an Algerian novelist and Professor of Arabic language and literature. He supervises the chair Arabic Narrative and the Emergence of Modern Forms at the University of Setif. As a novelist, he has participated in many Arab and international seminars related to the topics of writing, the writer's role, narrative and privacy, challenges of Arab thought, globalization and culture, acculturation, modernity and others.
Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her third full-length poetry collection, O came out in 2022 and her collection Louder than Hearts won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize.
This session is moderated by Hanada Taha Thomure
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