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Catherine Kanter

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In ‘Publisher Sans Frontières’ renowned actors Samuel West and Catherine Kanter thrilled the audience with readings of a selection of English translations of Hebrew and Arabic literature. The readings came from recent publications produced by Ibis Editions, a Jerusalem-based press dedicated to the publication in English of Levant-related literature. They included powerful, little-known poems by the great scholar of Jewish mysticism, Gershom Scholem; excerpts from the haunting last novel by leading Palestinian novelist Emile Habiby; vivid poems by Esther Raab, the first native-born Israeli woman poet; satirical prose from a long-forgotten French Egyptian writer and Governor of Suez, Ahmed Rassim; prose by the father of modern Hebrew poetry, Haim Nahman Bialik; poetry and prose by the Anglo-Jerusalem writer Denis Silk; and the bittersweet, deeply human poetry of Nazareth poet and shopkeeper, Taha Muhammad Ali.

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