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Number of Pages: 153
Sub-Genre: Middle Eastern
Publisher: Archipelago Books
Author: Mahmoud Darwish
Street Date: August 25, 2009
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-6873
Darwish is the premier poetic voice of the Palestinian people . . . lyrical, imagistic, plaintive, haunting, always passionate, and elegant - and never anything less than free - what he would dream for all his people. --Naomi Shihab Nye Mahmoud Darwish is one of the greatest poets of our time. In his poetry Palestine becomes the map of the human soul. --Elias Khoury There are two maps of Palestine that politicians will never manage to forfeit: the one kept in the memories of Palestinian refugees, andthat which is drawn by Darwish's poetry. --Anton Shammas I want to find a language that transforms language itself into steel for the spirit - a language to use against these sparkling silver insects, these jets. I want to sing. I want a language . . . that asks me to bear witness and that I can ask to bear witness, to what power there is in us to overcome this cosmic isolation. --Mahmoud Darwish Many people in the Arab world feel their language is in crisis. And it is no exaggeration to say that Mahmoud is considered a savior of the Arab language. --Syrian poetry critic Subhi Hadidi, cited by Adam Schatz, The New York Times Darwish left behind an entire continent of poems whispering and singing inside Arabic and calling on us to reacquaint ourselves with its topography. --Sinan Antoon
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