Two Half Faces


By Mustafa Stitou

Translated by David Colmer

The first English-language collection by Dutch-Moroccan sensation Mustafa Stitou, Two Half Faces spans the career of an adventurous, exalted poet, a master of the Dutch language and a prophet of his time.

Publication Date: October 13th, 2020

Paperback: 9781646050314

eBook: 9781646050321

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In his first English-language collection, Dutch-Moroccan poet Mustafa Stitou marks his position as one of the most important poets of his generation. Two Half Faces collects work from across Stitou’s career as he grapples with a vital narrative of cultural friction and determines his position in a changing reality. Absurdity and seriousness go hand in hand in Stitou’s work; the anecdotal combines with the irreverent and the sublime to form a vibrant tension. Stitou brilliantly parlays his relationship with his two homelands into a chronicle of identity and tension: East and West come into conflict with each other, complicate reality, and yet refuse stereotypes. This collection charts Stitou’s place as a conceptual poet of emotion and intellect who has grown from ingenue to master, one able to perfectly illuminate the frisson of overlapping cultural identities.

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Winner of the VSB Poetry Prize and the Jan Campert Prize

City Poet of Amsterdam 2009

“If the essence of poetry is to break with expectations, Mustafa Stitou is conceivably an ideal poet. “ – Mischa Andriessen, Poetry International

“A pleasure to read and reread. Stitou: a highly interesting young Dutch Poet. Remember that name.” – Peter de Boer, Trouw

“The most important poet of his generation.” – Piet Gebrandy