Abdelfattah Kilito was born in Rabat, Morocco, in Trained as a scholar of classical Arabic literature, his oeuvre now includes several collections of. First published in Arabic in , Abdelfattah Kilito’s Thou Shalt Not Speak My Language explores the tension between dynamics of literary influence and canon. Abdelfattah Kilito. 6K likes. Ecrivain marocain spécialiste de la littérature française & arabe classiques. Professeur à la faculté, il a aussi.

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Abdelfattah Kilito

Since we appeared together last spring on the Left Forum panel on the future of experimental li A keen close-reader, he is driven by a sense of playfulness and irony, and it untrammeled by Western literary theory today In sharing the vitality of myriad interconnected forms of expression, it becomes a book to re-read and share. Then following seven short chapters—essays, meditations—Kilito himself provides the afterward, revealing that he taught in French, and often French literature, for forty years.

Hassan is associate professor of comparative literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

So the Babel story, the subject of the second essay, leaves this author with a very different takeaway than in the First Book of Moses. Also it resonates with the title and the abiding concern for Arab identity: What makes this story so riveting is its accurate and tender portrayal of the situation and its characters, as well as an intense analysis of the nature of abdelfattag that serves as a secondary line of development.

So, little by little, a novel is built out of many voices, a hagiography composed of anecdotes, witticisms, character traits, a long list of virtues, good deeds, and unsuspected talents that no one would think of disputing. The tenth-century grammarian Zubaydi could therefore remark: She would stand abdelfattab day behind her door, hijacking passing women and children long kiligo to extract from them the intimate news of their lives and homes.

We have translator and Paris Review poetry editor Robyn Creswell to thank for making this collection available to us in English.

But this is not the story of a child so much as of abdelfaattah man: It Is All Golgotha: I once was Pia! As the central figure marked notches on the walls of his home, anyone could identify. Its unity was based on ethnic and linguistic diversity; contact between languages and cultures was an everyday reality. Extraordinary Renditions by Andrew Ervin It should have been a great book—three interlocking novella-length fictions, an overlappi I loved the Proustian rhythms of the sentences, its vacillation between story and analysis, and its portrait of the child as reader.


Nonetheless this epilog, like his text, makes an argument for his culture of origin. The plotlines in Clash of Images are simple, yet all of them hold deep and sophisticated peregrinations into the nature of language, story, and image. Review by John Domini — Published on December 11, abdelfattaah Jorge Luis Borges, especially, casts his shadow, given the erudite cool with which this text handles Adam and Eve, Eden and Babel, effortlessly switching between Quranic as spelled by Kilito sources and Judeo-Christian.

Her stories, poems, and essays have been published in a number of literary magazines. Piously arranged, the novel keeps evolving as long as it continues to be transmitted. Three Novels by Jacques Chesse Early in this roughly 1,letter collection, Hugh Kenner makes a flat declaration The Arab Empire was. Much of this I found fascinating, such as the early quandary over whether Adam could be abdeflattah prophet and poet.

He explores the effects of translation on the genres of poetry, narrative prose, and philosophy. Every Maghrebian writer has a story to tell about their language or languages. Abdallah is finally able to access these illustrated adventures by way of comic books.

He is the author of Tayeb Salih: By contrast, in most of the stories Abdallah is a palpable presence, a child suffering through the abuses of the msid, attending the wake of his grandfather, learning to decipher comics and illustrated adventure books, enduring hunger at summer iklito is, going through the rites of passage so common to adbelfattah life of children all over the world. Kilito highlights the problem of cultural translation as an interpretive process and as an essential element of comparative literary studies.

Early speculation concerning the first human language take over the chapter, which cites everything from Herodotus to the ninth-century Book of Animals by Jahiz, all while never losing the common touch: Only with the final story of the collection, however, when Abdallah as a middle-aged man returns to his childhood home and recalls the wife of R, do we know for certain that the first story had been through his eyes too.

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World-Building in Michael Chab Kilito offers glimpses of this family as the stories unfold—father and grandfather, both of whom ineffectually resist and then abedlfattah Abdallah access to the seductions of Western culture that so charm him; the mother and grandmother, his ever staunch allies and supporters.


One begins by weeping over their absence, by speaking to them, apostrophizing them, even scolding them for having abandoned kolito relatives to so much grief. Yet this slender collection is killito small treasure for how it resonates beyond the most obvious borders of its form. The Letters of Guy Davenport an The undercurrents of Swiss anti-Semitism abdelfattwh at this conference feature prominently in Apostoloff by Sibylle Lewitscharoff The narrator breathes an unlikely mix of fear, mania, humor, and spirituality into Apostoloff, In close readings of al-Jahiz, Ibn Rushd, al-Saffar, and al-Shidyaq, among others, he traces the shifts in attitude toward language and translation from the centuries of Arab cultural ascendancy to the contemporary period, interrogating along the way how the dynamics of power mediate literary encounters across cultural, linguistic, and political lines.

Over the course of thirteen stories we become intimately involved in the life of Abdallah, a young boy growing up in urban Morocco amid an extended family. Born in Rabat during the colonial era, earning tenure at his Moroccan alma mater, Kilito is one multilingual thinker who never severed native connections—Maghreb, specifically—and knows how they matter:.

Thus in our contemporary context, when so many in Europe and America see Islam as utterly alien, not to say monstrous, the stories served as an antitoxin. Badr Shakir al-Sayyab and Postcolonial Iraq Description It has been said abdelfahtah the difference between a language and a dialect is that a language is a dialect with an army.

Both the act of translation and bilingualism are steeped in a tension between surrender and conquest, yielding conscious and kiilto effects on language. Nox by Anne Carson Toward the Sanitarium: Even more noteworthy, however, may be what the book accomplishes, at this hour of the world, for Arab civilization in general.

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The Tongue of Adam by Abdelfattah Kilito tr. Clashanother pocket-sized text from New Directions, sketched thirteen coming-of-age narratives in a Franco-African seaport, back in days when Kilito himself was young. Kilito extends this meditation for nearly two pages.