Adonis was born Ali Ahmad Said Esber in western Syria in 1930. He studied at Damascus University and moved to Beirut, Lebanon, in 1956, where he joined Yusuf Al-Khal and worked with him at Shi’r (‘poetry’) magazine, one of the Arab world’s most influential literary journals. In 1985 he relocated to Paris, where he lives today. Adonis is heralded as the leader of the modernist movement in Arabic literature, a poet who speaks with the full force of his art, and a poet who takes risks. His work includes over 50 books of poetry, criticism, and translation, and is translated into many languages. In 2011, Adonis won the Goethe Prize.

Events with Adonis

An Evening with Adonis, Winner of the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature

03 May 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Albertine Books, within the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue, New York NY