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In Praise of Defeat Release Celebration

November 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Center for the Art of Translation

Join us at the Center for the Art of Translation in San Francisco for a special Two Voices Salon to celebrate the release of prize-winning Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi‘s latest book, In Praise of Defeat, translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith.

Donald Nicholson-Smith and Archipelago Books Editor-in-Chief Jill Schoolman will be Skyping in from New York City.

Snacks and beverages provided, please come join the conversation!

Free and open to the public.


Abdellatif Laâbi is a novelist, poet and playwright, and the French translator of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, the Moroccan poet Abdallah Zrika, the Iraqi poet Abdelawahab Al Bayati and the Syrian novelist Hanna Minna. He has edited numerous anthologies, most notably one of twentieth-century Moroccan poetry. He received the Prix Goncourt de la Poésie in 2009 and the Académie française’s Grand prix de la Francophonie in 2011.

Donald Nicholson-Smith is a translator and editor focused on psychology and social criticism, more recently moving to fiction–especially noir fiction–and poetry. He has received numerous awards and was short-listed for the French-American Prize for his translation of Apollinaire’s Letters to Madeleine; and has also been named a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres for services to French literature in translation.



November 10, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Center for the Art of Translation
582 Market St. Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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