Literary conversation with Etel Adnan


In this literary talk, Etel Adnan proposed a comparison between two major bodies of writing: The Confessions of Saint Augustine and Vincent van Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo. She sought in particular to retrace the spiritual ascent that characterises the experiences of both the saint and the painter.

The evening took the form of a conversation and the public was invited to ask questions.

Etel Adnan, born in 1925 in Beirut, is a Lebanese- American poet, author, painter and visual artist. A polyglot, she writes in French, English and Arabic.

Photo credit: 
Letter to Theo sent from Arles, dated 21 November 1883