Dr. Omar Sabbagh Enchants at Kulturnest's Book Signing & Reading Event

Dr. Omar Sabbagh Enchants at Kulturnest's Book Signing & Reading Event

Dr. Omar Sabbagh's book signing and reading event at Kulturnest on March 11, 2024, was a resounding success, captivating the audience with his profound literary prowess.

With over two decades of experience, Sabbagh's esteemed reputation in the literary world preceded him, having graced the pages of prestigious publications worldwide. As an Associate Professor of English at the American University in Dubai (AUD), Sabbagh's depth of knowledge and passion for storytelling shone through as he read excerpts from his latest works, 'Cedar: Scenes from Lebanese Life' and 'RIP: Poems after Gaza & Words after Waddah.' These collections offer poignant reflections on life, loss, and resilience, touching the hearts of all who attended.

"Cedar" is a remarkable verse-documentary delving in the tapestry of modern and contemporary Lebanon. It takes you on a profound journey, exploring the diverse facets of the local society and culture. Through a captivating bricolage of verse, Sabbagh breathes life into the essence of this country, painting a vivid and powerful portrait of the nation. From personal anecdotes to public narratives, "Cedar" presents a mosaic of stories that capture the complexities of Lebanon as a state and as a people on the edge of transformation. Drawing upon extensive research and intimate interviews with Lebanese actors from all walks of life, including everyday people and even a former Prime Minister, "Cedar" stands as a unique narrative of our times.

'RIP: Poems after Gaza & Words after Waddah' delves into themes of loss and resilience, urging readers to confront the harsh realities of our world and lend support to those in need. Moving between personal and urgent losses, Sabbagh asks readers to care deeply and dare to look into the face of adversity. The collection is a poignant exploration of human experiences, capturing the essence of our shared humanity with profound insight and compassion. As Sabbagh navigates the complexities of grief and hope, readers are invited to reflect on their own roles in shaping a more compassionate and empathetic world.

The event at Kulturnest was marked by a captivating and engaging audience, eager to immerse themselves in Sabbagh's mesmerizing words. Following an hour of reading, reflection, and discussion, Sabbagh signed his books, including his acclaimed work "Y Knot."

"Y Knots" received widespread acclaim for its linguistic dexterity, intelligence, and wit, offering readers an immersive journey into the inner and outer lives of its characters. Praised for its philosophical grounding and engaging narratives, it showcases Sabbagh's prowess as a master storyteller.

Attendees expressed gratitude for the opportunity to experience Sabbagh's literature and poetry firsthand. Many praised the depth and resonance of Sabbagh's works, noting their ability to evoke profound emotions and spark meaningful reflections. The event fostered a sense of community and camaraderie among literature enthusiasts, reaffirming the power of storytelling to unite and inspire.

Kulturnest looks forward to hosting more enriching literary events in the future, providing a platform for talented authors like Dr. Omar Sabbagh to share their stories and insights with eager audiences. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming events and join us on our journey of exploration and discovery through the world of literature and art.

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