Written in French, IF MUSIC WERE TO DIE was published in 2006 and is one of Tahar Bekri’s most important works. Bekri wrote this poetry collection in response to and in
condemnation of the rise, or perhaps more accurately, the looping cycle of obscurantism in the Arab world—hinted at in the opening page of the book. One poem, “Afghanistan”,
of this collection has been translated into several languages and made into a music recording.