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Djamal Amrani

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Djamal Amrani

Born in 1935, in Sour El Gozlane, Algeria, Djamal Amrani's books include Soleil de notre nuit (Editions Subervie, 1964), L'été de ta peau  (Société Nationale d'Edition et de diffusion, 1981), and La nuit du dedans (Marsa Editions, 2002). Central to his life and work is the involvement in the Algerian liberation movement, and his arrest and torture by the French army for participating in a 1956 student strike. In 2004, he received the Pablo Neruda medal for his body of work published between 1964 and 2003. He died in Algiers, Algeria, in 2005. 

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Translated from French by Marilyn Hacker

Who will tell the sun about my land
my harried medlar tree
my springtime without nervures 
my helpful hand
Who will recount my rootless
and my door open
to all comers
my night of faraway
Translated from French by Marilyn Hacker
Pour Ali la Pointe

Here where each day calls out to our suffering

Here where each step chains our desire for hope

Here where everything cries out misfortune violence famine

Here where blood is