Havana-The writer and professor at the University of Constantine Hammadi Abdallah thanked, Thursday, Cuba for choosing Algeria as the guest of honour at the International Book Fair, held in Havana.
“I am happy to be here and I thank the Cuban brothers for their warm welcome,” the Algerian intellectual told Prensa Latina.
The former secretary general of the Writers’ Union considered the invitation an extraordinary occasion to come to Cuba, learn about its culture and have a stock of opinions exchange with other authors, expressing his desire to translate poems from this Caribbean nation into Arabic.
Hammadi Abdallah has written some 30 works, including ‘Emigration to the Cities of the South’, ‘Gypsy Poems’ ,’Oh Leila, Passion Comes’, and ‘Conversation with Forgetfulness.
He is also the first translator into Arabic of Hispanic and Latin American literature in his country. ‘I consider myself a bridge between Hispanic-American and Arab cultures,’ he said.
During his stay, Abdallah gave a lecture on the history of Algerian culture and literature in the Jose Antonio Portuondo room at the San Carlos de la Cabaña fortress, home of the fair’s 28th edition.
He said that after Algeria’s independence from French colonization in 1962, a new generation of poets and novelists was born.
The most popular cultural event in Cuba began on February 7 and will conclude next Sunday, with the participation of representatives from 44 countries from five continents.