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Pirogue Poets Series    Volume I

Finally available in English, Le Règne de barbarie by Abdellatif Laâbi is one of the most daring poetic visions of the second half of the twentieth century. First published in 1976 while Laâbi was serving an eight-year prison sentence (1972-1980) for ‘crimes of opinion’ against the Moroccan state, The Rule of Barbarism is a devastating flight through consciousness, acquainting the reader with the trials of a society caught between a colonial past and the tragic realities of a brutal dictatorship. Analysing the presence of ‘barbarism’ inherent in all of us, and yet deepening our capacity for compassion despite the allure of revenge, this stunning debut from a writer on the threshold of a groundbreaking career can be read as an epic of love, empathy, anger and despair – and is as resonant today as when composed nearly fifty years ago. 

» Read from "Glory to Those Who Torture Us" & learn more ...

» Read an interview with Andre Naffis-Sahely


Imagine Africa

Introduced by South African artist, poet and Pirogue editor Breyten Breytenbach, the first volume in the Imagine Africa series from Pirogue is a programmatic, poetic and re-imagined assessment of the current state of the African Imagination. This collection of essays, art and poetry offers an invaluable look into the specific and general descriptions of everyday reality through a diverse, but convergent picture of present-day Africa from Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Trudy Stevenson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Corsino Fortes, Shailja Patel, Edouard Glissant, and Patrick Chomoiseau among others, selected from all fields of interest and expertise. 

» Read "Jacaranda Time" by Shailja Patel.