Two Half Faces

Mustafa Stitou (Author) David Colmer (Translator)
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In his first English-language collection, Moroccan-Dutch poet Mustafa Stitou marks his position as one of the most important poets of his generation. Two Half Faces collects work from across Stitou's career as he grapples in his poetry with his position in a changing reality. Stitou brilliantly parlays his relationship with his two homelands into a chronicle of identity, producing a vital account of cultural friction in poems that range from narrative to lyrical. Humor and seriousness go hand in hand, and the everyday combines with the surreal and the sublime to form a vibrant tension. This collection charts Stitou's progress as a poet of emotion and intellect, one who poignantly illuminates the ambiguities of cultural identities, and the intersections of our inner and outer worlds.

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Phoneme Media
Publish Date
December 01, 2020
5.5 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

David Colmer is the translator of more than 60 book-length works of Dutch-language literature, including titles by Gerbrand Bakker, Dimitri Verhulst, Annie M.G. Schmidt, and Nachoem M. Wijnberg. Colmer has won many prizes for his translations, including the Vondel Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the NSW Premier and PEN Translation Prize for his body of work, and the Dutch Foundation for Literature oeuvre prize.


Winner of the VSB Poetry Prize and the Jan Campert Prize

City Poet of Amsterdam 2009

"If the essence of poetry is to break with expectations, Mustafa Stitou is conceivably an ideal poet. " --Mischa Andriessen, Poetry International

"A pleasure to read and reread. Stitou: a highly interesting young Dutch Poet. Remember that name." --Peter de Boer, Trouw

"The most important poet of his generation." --Piet Gebrandy