Poppy from the Massacre: Writing and Translating the Lebanese Civil War


A Discussion with Evelyne Accad and Cynthia Hahn

Join us for a discussion and Q&A with Evelyne Accad, novelist and Professor Emerita of French and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, and Cynthia Hahn, literary translator and Professor of French, Lake Forest College. Accad’s novel, Coquelicot du massacre (Poppy from the massacre) (1988) offers a fragmented, semi-autobiographical narrative of her experience teaching in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War. Hahn, a longtime translator and scholar of Accad’s work, visited Lebanon several times as she prepared her translation in English of the novel. With this discussion, Accad and Hahn will address their processes of writing and translating the civil war and ensuing conflicts in Lebanon.

Humanities Institute Lecture Hall

Stevenson Hall, basement

Friday, March 7 • 3 p.m.

A light reception with food and drink will follow.