The Arabesques Review, in 19 years of existence, has always maintained the course it had set for itself: to renew itself constantly, not to stop inventing itself. Review of a publishing house, it is, more than ever, the expression of it’s life, the reflection of the diversity of the personalities of theose who make it. It testifies to the will of the Éditions Arabesques, to reject any dogmatic line, to turn the page of committed literature and to preserve the greatest possible openness to the infinite variety of literature, thought, and creation. This review has never been, never will be, that of good-thinking or militancy.
Arabesques magazine proposes to continue and develop a long-standing work. It has welcomed many of the biggest signatures, both Algerian and foreign. This non-exclusive but clearly claimed filiation is not belied, nor by the face of its editorial board, which is divided today between Algiers, Paris, Cairo and New York. It is a cultural and artistic journal, but is not limited to writing and arts. It is also a trilingual online journal that focuses on contemporary literature. We publish texts in French, English and Arabic.
Granting its largest space to poetry and criticism and literary research, Algerian, American and International, the Arabesques Review aims to serve the living literature without exclusiveness, in its vitality and diversity, and wishes to develop fruitful exchanges with other literatures, other forms of creative expression. In this way, it hopes to testify to the necessity, for the writer as for the poet, to make resound in his work the great questions which his time asks him. At a time when everything has been said and where post and neo-abound concepts, how to find new poetic and discursive forms? How can we represent the world in which we live, which is that of mixtures and hybridizations, through new verbal means capable of accounting for the new structures that govern our society?
After the death of modernism, we are told that postmodernism is dead too (meschonic) and that the birth of post-postmodernism or post-millennialism (Gans) is announced. After the supposed death of poetry, the idea of post-poetry is advanced (Gleize). Post-structuralist studies, post-truth era, post-literature. And what does this post-mean, exactly? This means both rupture and continuity (Hassan), erasure of the past and heritage, end of an era and beginning of a new one.
The aim of this journal is therefore to seek new poetic tools to represent contemporary society, characterized by globalization (removal of geographic boundaries, mixing of languages) and plurality (fluidity in all its forms, fragmentation of identities).
We want to read poems of all kinds (free verse, narrative, experimental, fragmentary), in English, French, Arabic, short poems, long poems, lyrical or mechanical poems or lyric, urban poems, poems that have the taste of the soil, poems that mix old and new to recover the human from the ghetto where the meanings are constantly expanding and contradicting – especially to contradict the world such as he became.
Arabesques wants to be the mirror of Algerian and world literary creation and news, while posing a critical look at the english world and its diaspora from a literary point of view.
Many debates have taken place and continue in literary circles about the very definition of Algerian literature. In Arabesques, we consider that the literature in general is strongly influenced by the history of the peoples to which the authors belong, influenced also by the immediate environments, modeled or suggested by the sloshing of the experiences of these authors in time and space. . From this point of view, the Algerian, Arabic, French or Amazigh literature would be the whole of the literary creation resulting from Algeria and its diaspora dispersed throughout the world.
We are therefore at the service of actors and lovers of the book, and more particularly in the service of those who have a passion for literature in general or who want to (re) discover. Our contributors, who can be quite ordinary readers or specialists in literature, share their travels and favorites through reading notes in the “Books and Reviews” section.
Readers are also informed about news in the field of books, new publications and literature related events around the world. These events are entered in the agenda and regularly updated by the editors or event organizers who have the opportunity to add their events free of charge.
~ Arabesques Editors