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Mural

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Mahmoud Darwish was the Palestinian national poet. One of the greatest poets of the last half-century, his work evokes the loss of his homeland and is suffused with the pain of dispossession, exile and loss. His poems also display a brilliant acuity, a passion for and openness to the world and, above all, a deep and abiding humanity. Here, his close friends John Berger and Rema Hammami present a beautiful new translation of two of Darwish’s later works, his long masterpiece “Mural,” a contemplation of his life ...

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Overview

Mahmoud Darwish was the Palestinian national poet. One of the greatest poets of the last half-century, his work evokes the loss of his homeland and is suffused with the pain of dispossession, exile and loss. His poems also display a brilliant acuity, a passion for and openness to the world and, above all, a deep and abiding humanity. Here, his close friends John Berger and Rema Hammami present a beautiful new translation of two of Darwish’s later works, his long masterpiece “Mural,” a contemplation of his life and work written following life-threatening surgery, and his last poem, “The Dice Player,” which Darwish read in Ramallah a month before his death. Illustrated with original drawings by John Berger, Mural is a testimony to one of the most important and powerful poets of our age.

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Editorial Reviews

The Times [London]
“His was a constant voice calling for coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Edward Said
“Darwish’s poetry is an epic effort to transform the lyrics of loss into the indefinitely postponed drama of return.”
Peter Clark - The Guardian
“Did as much as anyone to forge a Palestinian national consciousness.”
Adam Shatz - The New York Times
“The most celebrated writer of verse in the Arab world.”
The Guardian - Peter Clark
“Did as much as anyone to forge a Palestinian national consciousness.”
The New York Times - Adam Shatz
“The most celebrated writer of verse in the Arab world.”
From the Publisher
“Darwish’s poetry is an epic effort to transform the lyrics of loss into the indefinitely postponed drama of return.”—Edward Said

“Did as much as anyone to forge a Palestinian national consciousness.”—Peter Clark, The Guardian

“The most celebrated writer of verse in the Arab world.”—Adam Shatz, The New York Times

“His was a constant voice calling for coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.”—The Times [London]

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844674107
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Pages: 69
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mahmoud Darwish (1942–2008) published some thirty books of poetry and prose; his work has been translated into thirty-five languages. His many international awards include the Lenin Peace Prize and the Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom.

Storyteller, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, John Berger is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include Ways of Seeing, the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours, Here Is Where We Meet, the Booker Prize-winning novel G, Hold Everything Dear, the Man Booker–longlisted From A to X, and A Seventh Man.

Rema Hammami is professor at the Institute for Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, Ramallah.

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Table of Contents

Al Rabweh John Berger Berger, John 1

Mural 9

The Dice Player 15

Notes on the text 69

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