THE DANCE OF THE FIG TREE by Emné Nasereddine
130 x 200mm, 110 pages, black and white printing, perfect bound, softcover, 2023
Translated by Stuart Bell
Three generations of women: Téta, the grandmother, Fadwa, the mother, and Emné, the daughter who captures the tenderness of her fore-bearers. The poems in this collection recall and restore a family lineage broken by war, death and exile.
This translation of the 2021 Émile-Nelligan Prize-winning collection will attract readers interested in Middle Eastern literatures and those who value poetry written with the urgency of survival, memory, and longing. These short lyric poems weave a narrative that registers one of the primary concerns of the 21st century: migration.