Artist & Work
(b. 1925, Beirut)
Etel Adnan is one of the most important writers of our times. She has taught philosophy, written in and later rejected writing in French in solidarity with the Algerian war of independence, shifted to painting, written poems after her participation in the poets’ movement against the war in Vietnam (and become, in her words, “an American poet”), moved back to Beirut, worked as cultural editor for two daily newspapers, written the novel Sitt Marie-Rose (published in Paris) that won the France-Pays Arabes award and has been translated into more than 10 languages. In 1977, Adnan re-established herself in California, with frequent stays in Paris.