Salah Stétié

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Salah Stétié was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1929. Already at an early age, he was led to the playful use of language by his father who himself wrote poems.The origins to his poetic creations can be found in the city of his birth, the crossroads between Arabic and European civilisation. His need for the mutual inspiration of both cultures prompted him to write in French although Arabic was his mother tongue.
With this he exposed himself to the pressure of the Islamic ´Integrists´ who, especially from 1950 to 1960, encouraged the revival of the Arabic culture and for whom the giving up of the own language was equal to the loss of identity. Not letting this trouble him, Stétié studied literature and law in Beirut as well as in Paris. In the sixties he founded ´L’Orient littéraire´, a French language cultural magazine in Beirut. This role as mediator between two cultures can be seen through his whole life. Alongside his work as diplomat in Paris, he was also ambassador in Marocco and the Netherlands and also General Secretary of the Foreign Ministry in Lebanon and lastly as delegate of UNESCO.

In his essay ´Les porteurs de feu´ (1972), for which he was awarded the Prix de l’amitié franco-arabe, the French-Arabic friendship prize, Stétié dedicates himself to the spiritual roots of the Arabic world and questions its possible future. In 1994 he published ´Liban plurielle´ in which he describes the specifics and yet at the same time the uncertainties due to its diversity, of the Lebanese culture. Not only in content is the Arabic culture found in Stétié’s works.

Salah Stétié was the first poet of Arabic origin who published his works in the French language. In the process of writing, a new language is created: ´Françarabe´ where many etymological roots are taken from the Arabic but where the words are nevertheless from the French. The musicality of his poems goes back to the tradition of Arabic poems which, with their distinct rhythm, achieve a high level of cantability. It is therefore not surprising that the reflection on language finds significant status in his work. His text ´Le Français, l’autre langue´ which came out in 2001, is a homage to the French language. The essay is nevertheless much more than a pure ´Francophilie´, as Stétié doesn’t understand ´a´ language as a singular thing but rather more the language itself in the way the French use it.

In 1995, the poet was awarded the Grand Prix de la Francophonie from the Académie Française for his complete work. This includes fifty works translated into 15 languages. Today Stétié lives in France where he works as poet, essayist and art critic.
Author: International Festival of Literature Berlin (ilb)

Works

Le seul grain

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2011
Émérance

Dans le miroir des arbres

Published Written,
2011
Fata Morgana

Les Sept Dormants au péril de la poésie

Published Written,
2011
Leuvense Schrijversaktie, Louvain

Râbi‘a de feu et de larmes

Published Written,
2010
Fata Morgana

Oiseau ailé de lacs

Published Written,
2010
Fata Morgana

Culture et violence en Méditerranée

Published Written,
2008
Imprimerie nationale Éditions

Mystère et mélancolie de la poupée

Published Written,
2008
Fata Morgana

Décomposition de l´éclair en brindilles

Published Written,
2007
Les Petites Vagues

Si brèves les colombes

Published Written,
2007
Al Manar

Remémoration de Mansour Hallaj à Saint-Patrick

Published Written,
2007
Al Manar

Fluidité de la mort

Published Written,
2007
Fata Morgana

La Nuit de la substance

Published Written,
2007
Fata Morgana

Liban

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2006
Imprimerie nationale

Arthur Rimbaud

Published Written,
2006
Fata Morgana

L´Après-midi à Ugarit

Published Written,
2006
Al Manar

La Substitution

Published Written,
2005
Fata Morgana

Lymphe

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2005
Traches: Geneve

Invention de la pudeur

Published Written,
2005
Fata Morgana

Fils de la parole – un poète d’Islam en Occident

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2004
Albin Michel

Rimbaud d’Aden

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2004
Fata Morgana

Bois des cerfs

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2004
Fata Morgana

Brise et attestation du réel

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2004
Fata Morgana

Si respirer

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2004
Fata Morgana

Carnets du méditant

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2003
Albin Michel

Claude Bellegarde

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2003
Al Manar

Presque nuit

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2003
Al Manar

Obscure lampe de cela

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2003
Jacques Éditions Bremond

Egyptiennes : Cartes postales (1885-1930)

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2003
In cooperation with Jean-Michel Belorgey, Bleu autour

Visage en Trois

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2003
Le Taillis Près

Fiançailles de la fraîcheur

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2003
Imprimerie Nationale

Pluie sur la Palestine

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2002
Al Manar

Cinq dictées de la mélancolie

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2002
Maeght

Hugo? Oui, Hugo!

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2002
Imprimerie Nationale

Matière

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2002
Al Manar

L´Arbre langue

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2001
Akié Arich

Dehors

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2001
Editions de la Balance

Ce qu´on sait

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2001
Éditions de la Balance

La Bergère et le Pharaon

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2001
Le Mot et le Reste

Méditation sur la mort d´une figue

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2001
A Travers

Le Français, l´autre langue

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2001
Imprimerie nationale

Fourmilière détraquée

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2001
La Pierre d´alun

Si respirer

Published Written,
2001
Fata Morgana

Mes Villes

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2001
Limace Bleue

Le Français, l´autre langue

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2001
Imprimerie Nationale: Paris

Mahomet

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2000
Pygmalion

La Terre avec l´oubli

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2000
Musée Condé

Ne parlant qu´à la pierre

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1999
A Travers

Le p(a)in et le poème

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1999
Limace Bleue

Mallarmé sauf azur

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1999
Fata Morgana

Les Doigts

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1999
Maeght

Chemins toutes ces traces

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1998
Lyrics Editions: Vancouver

Le Vin mystique

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1998
Fata Morgana

Raisons et déraisons de la poésie

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1998
Schena-Didier Érudition

L´Oreille du mur

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1998
Robert et Lydie Dutrou

Fenêtre d´aveugle

Published Written,
1998
Rougerie

Fièvre et guérison de l´icône

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1998
UNESCO "collection d´Oeuvres représentatives"

La Nuit d´Abou´l Quassim

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1997
Tschann

La Tisane du Sphinx

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1997
Fata Morgana

Hermès défenestré

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1997
Robert et Lydie Dutrou

Le Calame

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1997
Fata Morgana

La Parole et la preuve

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1996
M.E.E.T.

Signes et singes

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1996
Fata Morgana

Ville

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1996
A Travers

Fièvre et guérison de l´icône

Published Written,
1996
Collodion

Dormition de la neige

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1996
de Vallongues

L´Enfant de cendre

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1996
Fata Morgana

Habiter Vermeer

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1995
l´Etoile des Limites

Miroir rayé

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1995
A Travers

Seize paroles voilées

Published Written,
1995
Fata Morgana

L´ouvraison

Published Written,
1995
José Corti

Un suspens de cristal

Published Written,
1995
Fata Morgana

Éclats, quatorze haïku

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1994
Travers

Instrumentation des nuages

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1994
A Travers

La Nuit du cœur flambant

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1994
des Moires

Réfraction du désert et du désir

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1994
Babel

Liban pluriel

Published Written,
1994
Naufal-Europe

Le Nibbio

Published Written,
1993
José Corti

L´Interdit

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1993
José Corti

Rimbaud, le huitième dormant

Published Written,
1993
Fata Morgana

Lumière sur lumière ou l´Islam créateur

Published Written,
1992
Les Cahiers de l´Egaré

Visage en trois

Published Written,
1992
Le Taillis Pré

L´Épée des larmes

Published Written,
1992
Éditions du Noroît

L´Autre Côté brûlé du très pur

Published Written,
1992
Gallimard

Le Voyage d´Alep

Published Written,
1991
Les Cahiers de l´Égaré

Incises

Published Written,
1989
Marc Pessin

Lecture d´une femme

Established,
1987
Fata Morgana

Archer aveugle

Published Written,
1985
Fata Morgana

Firdaws

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1984
Philippe Picquier

Nuage avec des voix

Published Written,
1984
Fata Morgana

L´Être poupée suivi de Colombe Aquiline

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1983
Gallimard

Inversion de l´arbre et du silence

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1980
Gallimard

Ur en poésie

Published Written,
1980
Stock

Inversion de l´arbre et du silence

Published Written,
1980
Gallimard: Paris

Obscure lampe de cela

Published Written,
1979
Jacques Brémond

La Unième Nuit

Published Written,
1978
Stock

André Pieyre de Mandiargues

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1978
Seghers

Fragments : Poème

Published Written,
1973
Gallimard

L´Eau froide gardée

Published Written,
1973
Gallimard

La Mort abeille

Published Written,
1972
L´Herne

Les porteurs de feu

Published Written,
1972
Gallimard: Paris

La Nymphe des rats

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1964
Hors commerce

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