Le Piano Oriental
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 5:30pm
The Lebanese/French comic artist Zeina Abirached will be visiting Duke November 18-20. At 5:30 on the 18th she will give a public lecture about her newest comic book/graphic novel: The Oriental Piano (Le Piano oriental). Published in September of this year, Le Piano oriental is written in French with a sprinkling of Arabic in the images, but the lecture will be in English. The book presents the intertwining themes of her great grandfather¿s invention of a ¿bilingual¿ piano that could play both oriental and occidental music, and Abirached¿s own bilingualism in Arabic and French. The prototype of the piano is still in the family¿s possession, and during Abirached¿s talk the audience will have the opportunity to hear it being played by the grandfather (recorded by his son). -- A particularly exciting event for those interested in multi-lingualism and musicality in the Middle East and the French-speaking world¿and of course in the graphic arts.