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eL Seed: Playing with the Arabic Letters

ARABLIT & ARABLIT QUARTERLY

On Thursday, May 7, Tunisian-French artist eL Seed joined artist-publisher Don Karl at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair to talk about his work in Calligraffiti:

never Photo by eL Seed. Star Wars project. “I will never be your son.”

Among all the painting work that eL Seed did in a recent tour around Tunis, Don Karl said, the most controversial piece had nothing to do with religious or political authorities. It was in the now-famous village of Tatouine.

“Because some Star Wars fans were not happy,” Don Karl said.

After traveling around the area, and discovering an ancient Roman city nearby, eL Seed said he grew frustrated with the “cultural heritage” status of the Star Wars set, which seemed to dwarf the status of all other — much older — heritage sites. He said he thought: “‘You know what, I’m going to go to the film set, and I’m just going to…

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‘A Letter in My Purse’: From Slain Poet Shaimaa El-Sabbagh

ARABLIT & ARABLIT QUARTERLY

Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, the activist who was shot dead at a rally in Tahrir Square yesterday, was also a poet:

A letter in my purse

By Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, trans. Maged Zaher
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I am not sure
Truly, she was nothing more than just a purse
But when lost, there was a problem
How to face the world without her
Especially
Because the streets remember us together
The shops know her more than me
Because she is the one who pays

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