The Blond Texts and The Age of Embers


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“Throughout her writing career, Tueni remained fiercely independent and unattached to fashionable schools of thought. Her fondness for her native land is intertwined with her need to reflect upon the realities and conditions that surrounded her. The operations at work in her poetry—from the varied linguistic play to the jarring juxtapositions, from the ambiguity of certain passages to the playful manipulations of syntax—are intensely original and
delightfully strange. Scenes from her own childhood accompany imagery drawn from Christian mythology and rituals, while tales of lovers scorned are juxtaposed with those of gods abandoned. Revelatory descriptions of springs, mountains and street-scenes accompany metaphysical contemplations, themselves masked by layers of striking imagery. Forceful and meditative, two books that present internal and emotional landscapes as well as a sensual if fragmented portrait of her urban and natural surroundings.”

—Amir Parsa

Nadia Tueni (1935–1983) was a Lebanese Francophone poet who published numerous volumes of poetry in French. She received several prominent awards for her work including the Order of La Pléiade and the Prix Said Akl.


Amir Parsa is an internationally acclaimed author of fifteen volumes of literary poetry and prose including Erre, Kobolierrot, and Drive-by Cannibalism in the Baroque Tradition. His Portable Open Epic is an ongoing multilingual (French, English, Spanish, and Persian), polyformal literary work unfolding on multiple platforms and in different geographic locations. He was born in Iran and currently lives in New York.

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