Mohammed Bennis (b. 1948 in Fès, Morocco) is one of the Maghreb's most important poets alongside Adonis and Mahmud Darwisch. He was only 21 when he published his first collection of verse; now he has nearly a dozen books of poetry, as well numerous books of essays and translations (Bataille, Mallamé). Bennis writes in Arabic, not in French, which is far from being a matter of course in Francophone Maghreb. He says that he is obsessed by the future of the Arabic language. As well as working as a writer, Bennis, who now teaches at the University of Rabat, founded the journal "Attakafa El Jadida" ('New Cultures') and the "Editions Toubkal" press; he is also the president of the "Maison de la Poésie" in Casablanca.
Bennis has received many prizes and awards internationally, including the 2007 International Prize for Literature and the big Maghrebian Prize in 2010.
Publications (a selection):
Chant pour un jardin de l´eau, Les patits du grande pirate, Paris 1999.
La don du vide, l´Escampette, Bordeaux 1999.
Désert au bord de la lumière, Al Manar, Neuilly 1999.
Fleuve entre des funérailles, l´Escampette, Bordeaux 2003.
Die Minze erblüht in der Minze. Arabische Dichtung der Gegenwart, Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich 2008.
Mohammed Bennis at ZVAB
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