Pluie sur la Palestine
Author: Salah Stétié (1929 - 2020)
Artist: Rachid Koraïchi 1947
Publisher: Al Manar
Stétié was born in Beirut and worked as a professor of French and comparative literature. He settled down in Paris in 1962 as the European cultural attaché for Lebanon. He also occupied the Lebanese chair in Unesco. In 1982 he became ambassador in The Hague, then in Morocco, and in 1990 in The Hague once again, where he ended his diplomatic career. Stétié has since moved to France, where he has been a well-known poet since 1972.
Pluie sur la Palestine has political overtones. The rain in the title refers to a bombardment that will bring 'la nuit' (the night) instead of 'le plein soleil de ce jour perdu' (the full sun of this lost day). Names are mentioned from past and present: Caesar, Herod and then it is a small step to Bush.