Jonathan Guyer is a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs and a contributing editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs.

NYR DAILY

“Now the Writing Starts”: An Interview with Adonis

Adonis, 2016

Adonis: A writer can never be on the side of killing. It is not possible. How can a poet or a painter be on the [same] side as a person with an explosive belt who goes into a school and detonates himself? How? Those are children. How, how do you kill them? It is an unimaginable monstrosity. My brother, if the regime is tyrannical then fight the regime. Do not fight children and schools. It is humiliating. To belong to this world is humiliating.