New from PAJ Publications: The Sun on the Tongue by Etel Adnan

By Erin Salvi posted 02-11-2019 12:21


New from PAJ Publications:
The Sun on the Tongue by Etel Adnan

Edited by Bonnie Marranca and Klaudia Ruschkowski

NEW YORK, NY – PAJ Publications, one of TCG’s partner publishers, is pleased to announce the publication of The Sun on the Tongue by Etel Adnan. Edited by Bonnie Marranca and Klaudia Ruschkowski, The Sun on the Tongue is the fourth volume in PAJ’s Performance Ideas series.

“Etel Adnan is a polymath. Her work crosses many dimensions: cartographies, drawings, films, notebooks, novels, paintings, plays, poems, political journalism, tapestries, teaching, and her most recent works, her sculptures. Adnan is one of the greatest artists of our time, and an inspiration to so many other artists.” —Hans Ulrich Obrist

The Sun on the Tongue unfolds in an expanding universe of philosophical reflections on love, art, war, nature, and human existence. Etel Adnan, the internationally renowned Arab American writer and visual artist, crosses genres and continents and centuries in her literary texts, plays, poems, and art. Her plays At a Certain Hour of the Night, Crime of Honor, and Tolerance are featured here, along with essays on Pina Bausch and Paul Klee, and an interview on her life and work.

“Etel Adnan is a remarkable visionary, poet, writer, philosopher, and painter. An intellectual mind who dares to dream. She takes us to worlds that are real and other worlds at the same time.” —Robert Wilson

Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1925, Etel Adnan has received many awards for her more than fifteen books, including the France Pays-Arab Award, PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Book Award, Arab American Book Award, California Book Award for Poetry, Small Press Traffic Lifetime Achievement Award, Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry, and Lifetime Achievement Award from Radius of Arab American Writers. The Etel Adnan Award for Women Playwrights was established by the Al-Medina Theatre of Beirut and Riksteatern (the National Touring Theatre) in Sweden to support women writers in the Arab World. She was honored with France’s L’Ordre de Chevalier des Arts in 2014. Adnan’s paintings, drawings, fold-out books, ceramics, and tapestries are exhibited on several continents, with recent solo shows at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin); Museum der Moderne Salzburg; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha); dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel); MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA); Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern); and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Etel Adnan is represented by Galerie Lelong, Paris and New York. She lives in Paris.

PAJ Publications is an independent press (founded in 1976) publishing the periodical PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art as well as books of plays, essays, and interviews. PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art is a triannual periodical offering expanded coverage of performance, video, dance, drama, film, music, photography, installations and media. Issues feature artists’ writings, critical essays, historical documentation, interviews, performance texts and plays. The journal is published for PAJ by special arrangement with MIT Press Journals: Over more than four decades the book division of the press has published 158 volumes of plays and essays, by such authors as Maria Irene Fornes, Michael Chekhov, Sam Shepard, R.W. Fassbinder, Thomas Bradshaw, Mac Wellman.

For over 55 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for U.S. theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture, and promote the professional not-for-profit theatre. TCG is North America’s largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 16 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its Member Theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre.

The Sun on the Tongue

By Etel Adnan

Edited by Bonnie Marranca and Klaudia Ruschkowski

168 pages

November 2018




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