When the Night Agrees to Speak to Me (Paperback)

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By Ananda Devi, Kazim Ali (Translator)
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One of the great Francophone poets working today. Devi's verse is intimate yet epic, and elemental without neglecting the body. The four poems in this book (ably translated by Kazim Ali) make most other contemporary poets seem spectacularly unambitious.


— From Books of the Year 2022


A poetic, autobiographical collection from famed Mauritian writer Ananda Devi, engaging with loneliness, desire, violence, and aging.

"I'm sick of biting off and chewing this dust, of scratching with my thin claws, searching for some chunk of literary gold to hell with all the disarrayed images of our homelands reflections of our particular misery."

From eminent Mauritian writer Ananda Devi, a collection that transgresses genre lines with poetic, autobiographical flow. The pieces herein address the resonance of personal memories and regrets, the political world, and sexuality. In light of the complexity of human identity, Devi emphasizes the importance of each word chosen, speaking directly to the reader and asking them to "peel back my skin. Unclothe me of myself."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781646051885
ISBN-10: 1646051882
Publisher: Phoneme Media
Publication Date: August 16th, 2022
Pages: 120
Language: English