Yves Gonzalez-Quijano : One Day I Might Dream in Arabic (Al Akhbar English)
After thirty years of writing, translating and lecturing, Yves Gonzalez-Quijano has become a familiar name to Arab ears. The French Arabist who lived briefly in Beirut, Damascus, and Cairo was not drawn to Arabic culture because of its exoticism or due to feelings of superiority. He was motivated by a personal desire free from preconceived notions towards the other.
His is a postmodern Arabism. An applied Arabism similar to applied criticism. A child of the French student protest movement and the international Left, he is part of a generation that witnessed an end to colonialism in (...)