BiographyVénus Khoury-Ghata was born in the Lebanese mountain village of Bsherre, also the birthplace of Khalil Gibran. She was taught Arabic by her mother, an illiterate woman with an intense feeling for the ‘silent forces’ in everyday life. Her father, a Christian theologian who had worked as a French-Arabic interpreter, instilled in her a love for the French language and the world of biblical symbolism.
Vénus Khoury-Ghata won many awards for her work. They include the Prix Supervielle for Anthologie personnelle, an anthology from her poetry compiled by herself. As a novelist she won international fame in the 1990s with Les fiancés du Cape Ténès, (1996).
© Jan H. Mysjkin (Translated by Ko Kooman)[Vénus Khoury-Ghata took part in the Poetry International Festival Rotterdam 2001. This text was written on that occasion.]
Poems of Vénus Khoury-Ghata
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