Poet, philosopher and theoretician of Arab poetics Adonis gives the 2018 Saif Ghobash Banipal Translation Prize Lecture on “Translation, a Second Act of Creation”

9 November '18 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Is this the time of translation? Is translation a second act of creation?

In his lecture Adonis considers the relationship of translation to human identity, how translation creates a universal cultural time of discovery, and how new life can be breathed into the linguistic destruction that is the translated poem.

Adonis explores the fact that human beings live in the same chronological moment, but in multiple, disparate moments culturally. Translation creates a universal cultural time in which the world gains new knowledge, people can get to know each other, and in which each language discovers its creative presence in other languages. He maintains that translation is a second form of creation and so is an inescapable cultural act, in which the Other becomes an element of one’s own identity.

The Lecture will be followed by a Reception and a Bookstall.
For tickets go to: https://www.bl.uk/events/adonis-translation-a-second-act-of-creation


The Knowledge Centre, British Library

96 Euston Road, LONDON NW1 2DB


Banipal Trust for Arab Literature & British Library

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