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Associate Professor of International Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Denison University Isis Nusair will discuss her translation of the book of poetic prose by Ramy Al-Asheq, “Ever Since I Did Not Die” (Seagull Books, 2021).
The texts gathered in “Ever Since I Did Not Die” by Syrian-Palestinian poet Ramy Al-Asheq are a poignant record of a fateful journey. Having grown up in a refugee camp in Damascus, Al-Asheq was imprisoned and persecuted by the regime in 2011 during the Syrian Revolution. He was released from jail, only to be recaptured and imprisoned in Jordan. After escaping from prison, he spent two years in Jordan under a fake name and passport, during which he won a literary fellowship that allowed him to travel to Germany in 2014, where he now lives and writes in exile. Through seventeen powerful testimonies, “Ever Since I Did Not Die” vividly depicts what it means to live through war. Exquisitely weaving the past with the present and fond memories with brutal realities, this volume celebrates resistance through words that refuse to surrender and continue to create beauty amidst destruction-one of the most potent ways to survive in the darkest of hours.