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Abdellatif Laabi

Glory to Those Who Torture Us

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Glory to Those Who Torture Us Abdellatif Laâbi Translated by André Naffis-Sahely   glory glory we are the chosen people erected upon the peaks of fate for us the tomorrows that sing rivers of honey and milk sacrifice brothers sacrifice exile in sacrifice o the apotheosis of throats ready heritage Abraham’s sadism crimes on the table heritage faith struck down by miracles the desert’s spontaneous abundance miracle we do not suffer o the hired killer’s ...

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 Abdellatif Laȃbi was born in Morocco in 1942. He has published seventeen collections of poetry and many novels, plays. He was imprisoned and tortured and forced into exile in France in 1985. He was awarded the Prix Goncourt for poetry in 2009 and the Grand Prix de la Francophonie by the Académie française in 20121. His autobiographical novel, The Bottom of the Jar, is forthcoming.