Etel Adnan’s Sudden Death at the Age of 96 Breaks Hearts
Unexpectedly, the famed Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist Etel Adnan passed away on Sunday, November 14, 2021, in Paris. She was 96.
There is no report about her cause of death and US day News doesn’t confirm or refuse this reason for his death, but we are waiting for more official information, so stay with us.
Jack Lang, director of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris confirmed her death news, writing: “I learned about Etel Adnan’s passing with immense sadness. This poetic and colorful soul, extremely sweet, sang our suffering, our joy, and our loves. She was a rare and complete artist whose talent shone with life and shimmering intelligence.”
She was named “arguably the most celebrated and accomplished Arab American author writing today” by the academic journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States in 2003.
Ethel N. Adnan was born in 1925 in Beirut, Lebanon to a Greek mother and Syrian father. Adnan grew up speaking Greek and Turkish in a primarily Arabic-speaking society, studying at French language schools in Lebanon, she then read philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris.
Her early work was first written in French and later studied English. She also started painting in the late 1950s, while at the same time working as a professor of philosophy in California.
One of her most famous literary work was her 1977 novel “Sitt Marie Rose,” which focused on the character of Marie Rose Boulos. It has been translated into many languages and won the Franco-Arabic Friendship Award.
According to Wikipedia, an exhibition of her works called Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure is on show at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York until January 10, 2022.
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Reactions to Etel Adnan’s Death
Several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.
One of her fans wrote: “‘There are not millions of deaths. It happens millions of times that someone dies.’ rest in peace to Etel Adnan, what gifts she brought to all her readers and audiences.”
Another fan tweeted: “Etel Adnan’s Sitt Marie Rose had a great impact on me as someone who was growing up with fixed ideas about the other & self. Adnan challenged me as I read her protagonists struggle between love and Palestine. Adnan introduced a world of unresolved tensions I wasn’t ready for. RIP”
An online user wrote: “Etel Adnan said she had been moved to begin writing verse as an act of opposition to the Vietnam War, becoming, in her words, ‘an American poet’.”
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