Of Cities and Women (Letters to Fawwaz)
ISBN: 978-0-9429-9664-7 • $14.00 • 85 pp.
1993 (1st edition)
OF CITIES AND WOMEN … reads like an extended meditation on the experience of exile. From Barcelona to Skopelos, these letters trace the author’s travels and reflections as each city becomes a kind of hand mirror to the psyche, a locus of new understanding… Adnan reads the figures of landscape, nation, art, and street, as easily as words on a page. In Cities, she continually draws startling, yet graceful connections between these elements, showing her readers how to find the essence of a country in a Cezanne mountain, how to understand exile by contemplating the composition of a buffet. Adnan’s use of language reflects this poetic process of “decoding.” She arrives at deeply original insights on the nature of feminism, politics, and loss through concise description and observation. Adnan’s writing is lovely…
—Middle East Journal, Diana Abu-Jabr, author of Arabian Jazz
Etel Adnan is an Arab-American poet and writer born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. She studied at the Sorbonne in France, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard and taught Philosophy at Dominican College in San Rafael, California. She is the author of more than fifteen books of poetry, essays, and cultural writings. She is a recipient of a 2010 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award. She divides her time between Sausalito, California; Paris; and Beirut.