Anthology of Modern Palestinian Literature / Edition 1

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Jayyusi presents in English translation a Palestinian world view characterized by intensity, paradox, aspiration, and eloquence. Anthology of Modern Palestinian Literature will certainly become indispensable to anyone with a serious interest in contemporary Arab culture.
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Editorial Reviews

Edward Said

This massive, well-edited, translated, and researched volume is a living monument to the culture of a nation, now represented in English for the first time with remarkable results in coverage, accuracy, and authenticity.Far from a folkloric or exotic record, this anthology admits the Palestinian contribution to world culture at an eminent pace.

Arab Studies Quarterly
Jayyusi presents in English translation a Palestinian world view characterized by intensity, paradox, aspiration, and eloquence. . . Indispensable to anyone with a serious interest in contemporary Arab culture.
Edward Said
This massive, well-edited, translated, and researched volume is a living monument to the culture of a nation, now represented in English for the first time with remarkable results in coverage, accuracy, and authenticity.Far from a folkloric or exotic record, this anthology admits the Palestinian contribution to world culture at an eminent pace.
Farouk A.W. Mustafa
No other general anthology of Palestinian or Arabic literature approaches the scope and variety represented here.
Fedwa Malti-Douglas
No other book or even collection of two or three books could compete with it.
Library Journal
This anthology offers samples from the works of over 70 Palestinian writers and poets living in Israel, such as Emile Habiby, a laureate of the 1992 Israel Prize; in the occupied territories; and in the diaspora. Foremost among the themes are nostalgia and loss of homeland, which the editor considers the essence of the Palestinian experience. Other subjects, such as love and honor, are more universal. The introductory sections should provide the reader with enough background information, in terms of historic events and literary analysis of current Arabic literature, to allow the easy assimilation of subsequent sections. In view of the variety of themes and the number of writers and poets represented, the anthology represents a genuine source of contemporary Palestinian literature. Recommended for academic and most public libraries.-- Ali Houissa, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N.Y.
A wide-ranging and immensely moving selection of modern Palestinian literature--brilliant translations (initially by experts in Arabic writing, and then revised and polished by English-speaking poets and writers) of poems, stories, and excerpts from novels, as well as works by Palestinian poets who write in English. Also included are personal narratives by Palestinian writers depicting the varied aspects of Palestinian life from the turn of the century to the present. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231075091
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/9/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 740
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 1.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Salma Khadra Jayyusi, one of the Arab world's most distinguished literary personalities, is widely known for her poetry, literary criticism, and scholarship. She is author of the two-volume critical history Trends and Movements in Modern Arabic Poetry and editor of Literature of Modern Arabia, as well as Modern Arabic Poetry: An Anthology and Modern Arabic Fiction: An Anthology for Columbia University Press.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsList of DonorsChronology of Modern Palestinian History

Introduction: Palestinian Literature in Modern Times


Yusuf 'Abal al-'AzizThe TravelerThe HouseA PlaceMistA SongThe Shaqueef Moon

Khalid Abu KhalidPrayer to the Tremor of the Final Evening

Yusuf Abu LauzTrees on Maryam's SleevesMaryam in the GrassTress of WordsYour Talk or the Vodka

Abu SalmaMy Country on Partition DayWe Shall ReturnI Love You More

Zubair Abu ShayibFever of QuestionsProbabilitiesHandsome and TallMartyrPsalm

Taba Muhammad 'AliThrombosisExodus

Laila 'AllushThe Path of AffectionA New Creation

Naji 'AllushOn the Shore

'Abol al-Latif 'Aql"From Jersalem to the Gulf"On the Presence of Absence

Muhammad al-As'adPersonal AccountA SongProphetsSingersThe Earth also DiesWhen the Inhabitants of the Planets ConverseWho

Mureed BarghouthyThe TribesThe GuardsDesireAn OfficialLiberationCertaintyExceptionI Run toward You... I Run with YouA Vision

Mu'een BseisoAladdin's Lamp for Sahba'Diary of Old Man DefectorThe Vinegar CupSailor Returning from Occupied ShoresFootstepsI Was Already Dead!

Hasan al-BuhairiOrange BlossomsThe Malady and The Cure

Ahmad DahbourNew SuggestionsThe Terms of AmbitionI Do Not Renounce MadnessOur Country

Waleed KhazindarBelongingHousesAt LeastBramblesYou Will Arrive: BewilderedThat DayAbsenceThe Storm

Rasim al-MadhounOne Thousand and One...NightsFamily PoemsGiyathMihyarUm GiyathPeace Be Upon...

Abol al-Raheem MahmoudThe MartyrCall of the MotherlandThe Aqsa Mosque

Haydar MahmoudThe Last WitnessTwo-in-OneThe Palestinian Ayyub

'Izziddin al-ManasraAt NightDawn VisitorsThe Inheritance

Khairi MansourA Nonpersonal AccountEchoTwo Old AgesThe RoadPoetryA Forest

Zakariyya MuhammadApologyMy ThingsEverythingA TavernEmigrationThe Cafe MistressA Woman

Khalid 'Ali MustafaCirclingMeeting of Two WoundsThe Hands AgainThe Sparrow Told Me

Mabmoud DarwishPoem of the LandHoming PigeonsGuests on the SeaIntensive-Care UnitPsalm 9We Went to Aden

Muhammad al-DhahirThree Short LettersJoyThe Little Girl

Waleed al-HaleesDays in the Life of a Palestinian Boy

Sulafa HijjawiElegy on an Estranged HusbandHis PictureDeath Sentence

Ahmad HusainA Souvenir Vendor in Nazareth

Rashid HusainDamascus DiaryAgainstFirst

Jabra Ibrahim JabraZero HourFor SocratesLove Poem

Salma Khadra JayyusiKhartoumThe WomanSongs for an Arab CityOn June 5, 1968The Three of Us Alone

Salem JubranRefugeeSinger of Wind and Rain

'Abol al-Kareem al-Karmi(see Abu Salma)

Ali al-KhaliliDialectics of the HomelandWhat is Your Purpose, Murderous Beauty?DepartureThis Country

Taha 'Abol al-Ghani MustafaReverse Journey

Kamal NasirLetter to Fadwa

Ibrahim NasrallahFlightPassagewayA WomanThe HandThreadSong

Jamal Qa'warAt the Doorstep of September

Kamal QadduraAll This Is Strange, Like EverythingLanguageFragrancePart of a WallDead MemoryColdRaceOverflow

Muhammad al-QaisiVisionLove poem ILove poem IVLove poem XIIOne-Day Vacation

Samih al-QasimThe ClockBatsAshesLove PoemsYou Pretend to DieI Do Not Blame YouDrunk

'Abdallah RadwanThe FallDeformedTo the ChildrenYou Are Everything

Harun Hashim RasheedPoem to JerusalemRaise Your Arms

Taher RiyadFrom "Signs"

Laila al-Sa'ihIntimations of AnxietyThe Ever-Deferred Moment

Waleed SayfDeath's at Night's End

Mai SayighElegy for Imm 'AliDepartureBeirut under Siege

Tawfiq SayighPoem 28To Enter a CountryThe Poem K

'Umar SahbanaEvening BalconyThe Book of Songs and StonesKhulud

Mazin ShadeedThe Caravan's DepartureLove Song

Anton ShammasThen How Will the Poem Come?An Evening of Poetry ReadingSeven Poems

Sa'adeh SudahA RingYour HandsProphecyA Poem to Tayseer Saboul

Khalil ToumaBetween the Wound and Its Bleeding

Fadwa TuqanThe Sybil's ProphecyEnough for MeThe Deluge and the TreeSong of Becoming

Ibrahim TuqanCommandoDead HeartsBrokersLest We LoseIn Beirut

'Abol al-Raheem 'UmarSongs of the Seventh ExodusPleaThe Siege

Ghassan ZaqtanAnother DeathAn Incident


Ibrahim al-'Absi What Happened After Midnight

Ghareeb 'AsqalaniHunger

Liyana BadrA Land of Rock and Thyme

Riyad BaydasHunger and the Mountain

Zaki DarwishHorses

Najwa Qa'war FarahThe Worst of Two Choices; or The Forsaken Olive Tree

Tawfiq FayyadThe Idiot

Emile HabibyThe Odds-and-Ends Woman

Akram HaniyyebAfter the Siege, a Little Before the Sun

Mabmoud Sayf al-DinGarbage

Ghassan KanafaniThe Little One Goes to the Camp

Muhammad Naffa'The Uprooted

Waleed RabahSolo Tunes on a Zinc Wall

Yahya Rabah Death of a Bird Hunter

Fadl al-RimawiThe Sous Vendor

Mabmoud al-RimawiA Longing for the Good Land

Kbalil al-SawahiriThe Spectators

Mabmoud ShaheenThe Sacred River

Sulaiman al-ShaikhKadima

Yusuf ShruruOne Eye by Day

Mahmoud ShuqairThe Villagers

Yahya TakhlifThat Rose of a Woman


Sahar KhalifehMemoirs of an Unrealistic Woman

Faruq WadiA Road to the Sea


Rashad Abu ShawarO Beirut

Muhammad al-As'adChildren of Dew

Mu'een BseisoPalestinian Notebooks

Mabmoud DarwishA Memory for Forgetfulness

Subhi Ghosheh Our Sun Will Never SetHow Did They Inform You?A Mirror

Tawfiz ZayyadHere We Shall StayA Million Suns in my BloodWhat Next?Pagan FiresAll I have


Hanan Mikha'il 'AshrawiMetamorphosisWomen and ThingsNight PatrolDeath by BuriaFrom the Diary of an Almost-Four-Year-Old

Sharif ElmusaA Little Piece of SkyIn BalanceCamel FragmentsWhen Slippers MingleThe Beggar

Lena JayyusiPoem of OppositesAt the LimitBreadmotherDeath of EnverWintering Alone

Aminah KazakDeportationMy Last Day with Aisha

Naomi Shihab NyeMy Father and the Fig TreeShrinesBloodArabic CoffeeThe Words under the WordsMy Uncle Mohammad at Mecca, 1981

Fawaz TurkiThe Seed KeepersBeirutDusk in GalileeOsama Jibril of JerusalemIn Search of Yacove Eved

Yusuf HaykalDays of My Youth

Jabra Ibrahim JabraThe First Well

Khalil al-SakakiniSuch Am I, O World

Mai SayighThe Siege

Hisham SharabiEmbers and Ashes

Salah Ta'mariJourney into Hades: Diary of a Palestinian in an Israeli Prison

Fadwa TuqanA Mountainous Journey

Edward W. SaidAfter the Last Sky: Palestinian Lives

First TranslatorsSecond Translators Transliterated List of Arab AuthorsGlossarySelected Bibliography

Columbia University Press

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