The Beauty of Light: Interviews with Etel Adnan

A lively and spontaneous interview with Etel Adnan about her absolute belief in the beauty of the world, the beauty of art.



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In these interviews conducted by journalist Laure Adler, poet and painter Etel Adnan recounts the foundational experiences of her artistic approach shortly before her death in Autumn of 2021. From her youth in Lebanon, through her years in New York and California, and her late-in-life discovery at Documenta in 2013, this intimate conversation revisits and questions the sometimes difficult destiny of women.


Read an excerpt from The Beauty of Light in The Paris Review.


ISBN: 978-1-643-62211-8
Paperback, 144 pages, 5.5 x 8 inches
Publication Date: March 19, 2024
Translator(s): Ethan Mitchell
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Etel Adnan was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1925. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne, U.C. Berkeley, and at Harvard, and taught at Dominican College in San Rafael, California …

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Laure Adler is a writer and journalist who served as a cultural adviser to the Office of the French Presidency from 1989 to 1992. She is the author of numerous …

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Ethan Mitchell is an editor and translator working in Berkeley, California.

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