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Adonis and Khaled Mattawa: A New Divan

Sunday 20 October 2019 at the Southbank Centre

This event marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s great work of world literature, the West-East Divan, with readings and discussion from two internationally renowned poets: the renowned Syrian poet Adonis, known as ‘the grand old man of poetry, secularism and free speech in the Arab world’, and the Libyan-US poet Khaled Mattawa, who writes in English and who is also Adonis’s regular translator. They gathered to talk about poetry, translation, Goethe and different cultural traditions.