Habib Tengour

(Algeria, 1947)
 

Habib Tengour grew up in eastern Algeria, where he developed a fascination for the storytellers encountered as a child in the bazaar. He has turned out to be one of the most forceful and visionary contemporary French-language voices in the poetry of the Maghreb, the north-western region of Africa. Tengour plays with different images and transports the reader with his magnificent verses about post-colonialism, nomadism and identity. Indeed, it is for good reason that he is sometimes also dubbed the ‘poète de la transe’. Tengour knows how to roll out sentences – which often glorify both the power and the limitations of language – like a landscape. His sentences appear on the page like roads, like buildings. They turn his poems into a vista of Mostaganem, the city of his birth, or into images of other realities or simply into imagined cities. These are just some of his titles: Gravité de l’ange (2004), L’Arc et la cicatrice (2006), Beau Fraisier (2009) and Seelenperlmutt (2009).

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Tuesday 10 June 2014
  15:30 - 16:00  FLAG PARADE
Flag Parade : crossovers
Adam Dickinson, Alfred Schaffer, Ann Jäderlund, antoine de kom, Charl-Pierre Naudé, Daniel Falb, Habib Tengour, Hu Xudong, Jules Deelder, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Martín Gambarotta, Micha Hamel, Mohamed Al-Harthy, Monica Aasprong, Norbert Hummelt, Paul Bogaert, Peter Gizzi, Roni Margulies, Véronique Pittolo
  20:00 - 22:00  OPENING NIGHT – ‘ALL THE LIGHT-HEARTED MAY…
Main Auditorium : special event  LIVE STREAM (event has taken place)
Adam Dickinson, Alfred Schaffer, Ann Jäderlund, antoine de kom, Charl-Pierre Naudé, Habib Tengour, Hu Xudong, Jules Deelder, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Martín Gambarotta, Micha Hamel, Mohamed Al-Harthy, Monica Aasprong, Norbert Hummelt, Paul Bogaert, Peter Gizzi, Roni Margulies, Véronique Pittolo
Wednesday 11 June 2014
  18:30 - 19:30  SHORT POETRY READINGS
Small Auditorium : reading  LIVE STREAM (event has taken place)
Adam Dickinson, Alfred Schaffer, Charl-Pierre Naudé, Habib Tengour
Thursday 12 June 2014
  13:00 - 15:00  POETRY PICNIC IN TROMPENBURG GARDENS
Trompenburg Gardens & Arboretum : reading
Adam Dickinson, antoine de kom, Habib Tengour, Roni Margulies
Friday 13 June 2014
  14:00 - 15:00  ‘IN OTHER WORDS’ WORKGROUPS
Foyer : translation
Adam Dickinson, Habib Tengour, Norbert Hummelt
  18:30 - 19:30  ‘WHATEVER YOU SAY, SAY NOTHING’: SEAMUS…
Main Auditorium : special event
Charl-Pierre Naudé, Habib Tengour, Norbert Hummelt
Saturday 14 June 2014
  16:00 - 18:00  POETRY CAFÉ WITH DANIËL DEE
Foyer : interview/debate
Daniel Falb, Habib Tengour, Julian Talamantez Brolaski
  20:00 - 21:00  POETRY READING AND DISCUSSION
Main Auditorium : reading
Habib Tengour, Véronique Pittolo
 

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