Conversations with My Father, Adonis

Ninar Esber

Conversations with My Father, Adonis

Ninar Esber

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Lorna Scott Fox
232 pages
Cloth $24.95 ISBN: 9781905422906 Published October 2008 World sales rights except India
Artist meets writer; young woman meets older man; daughter meets father.  All these encounters are played out in the arresting conversations between the artist Ninar Esper (b. 1971) and the father she hardly knew, the Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis (b. 1930).  Esber passionately challenges Adonis on subjects ranging from fundamentalism to animal rights, from feminism to aesthetics; Adonis responds with amusement and judicious wisdom, not concealing the contradictions of a patriarchal humanist libertarian.  On Esber's side, the poignancy of growing up without a father becomes a drama with Oedipal overtones.
This intensely personal two-hander is at the same time representative of many contemporary displacements.  Comparing their experiences of war, exile and cultural rootlessness, two individuals differently marked by Middle Eastern history seek a common ground in Paris.  An intimate, uncensored, ultimately unresolved search for communication and forgiveness.


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