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Fountain of Youth Paperback – 19 December 2016

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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Vine Leaves Press (19 December 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1925417247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1925417241
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 86.2 g
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"Nada Faris seamlessly combines lyric language, philosophy, and politics. These poems are full of linguistic surprises and avoid mere proselytizing at every turn. Faris has a message-and one we should hear-but the message never overtakes the beauty of her ample poetic imagination. These are poems to be read and read again, important and striking in a multitude of ways." Okla Elliott, author of FROM THE CROOKED TIMBER ******** "Nada Faris's Fountain of Youth is a searing, scintillating account of a highly clique-ish society rife with contradictions, hypocrisies and intransigence. She dissects it resourcefully and offers it to the reader raw and unblinged. From the witty analogies to titles from English and American Literature ("Red Wheelbarrow" and "To Her Coy Mistress"), to the sharp, cutting references to local traditions and idioms -He kills the deceased and marches in his wake-to the twisted unexpected endings, to her caustic titles, Faris fuses contemporariness with the traditional in a melting pot of twisted inter-relationships. Faris succeeds in rendering the local global, and takes the reader on a candid multi-sensory journey through the Arabian Gulf." Dr. Shurooq Amin, artist, IT'S A MAN'S WORLD; poet, THE HANGING OF THE WIND ******** "'She stopped acting out / ablution before pretending to pray.' Faris's collection is an unapologetic statement about global and home affairs. Shame and war. Secrets and lies. Love and leaving. She shifts from the very intimate to the very public with ease and precision. An important voice for Arab women in the region." Rewa Zena, author of NIETZSCHE'S CAMEL MUST DIE: AN INVITATION TO SAY 'NO'

About the Author

Nada Faris is a Kuwaiti writer and performance poet known as "Kuwait's Finest." She is an Honorary Fellow in Writing at Iowa University's International Writing Program (IWP), USA. In 2015, she became a member of the board of trustees for Kuwait's Cultural Circle Prize for the Arabic Short Story (Almultaqa), the Arab world's first international award for short story collections in Arabic. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in The Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction, Economic and Political Weekly, Fanack Chronicle of the Middle East & North Africa, The Operating System, Sukoon, The Indianola Review, and more.

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