Victims of a Map: A Bilingual Anthology of Arabic Poetry

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Since pre-Islamic days, poetry has been the mass art form of the Arabic language. In modern times poets in the region have had a greater impact on popular culture than novelists, and there can be no doubt that Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim and Adonis are among the leading poets of the Arab world today.

Victims of a Map: A Bilingual Anthology of Poetry presents fifteen newly translated poems by each poet. It includes thirteen poems by Darwish ...
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Overview

Since pre-Islamic days, poetry has been the mass art form of the Arabic language. In modern times poets in the region have had a greater impact on popular culture than novelists, and there can be no doubt that Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim and Adonis are among the leading poets of the Arab world today.

Victims of a Map: A Bilingual Anthology of Poetry presents fifteen newly translated poems by each poet. It includes thirteen poems by Darwish never before published in book form, even in Arabic, and a long work by Adonis written during the 1982 siege of Beirut which has also never been published. The poems have been translated by Abdullah al-Udhari.

The Arabic text of each poem is printed on the pages facing each translation, making this anthology a powerful learning tool for students of Arabic as well as a showcase of one of the most vibrant of all Arab arts.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780863560224
  • Publisher: Saqi Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Pages: 246

Table of Contents

Introduction

Mahmud Darwish - Biographical Note
The Earth Is Closing on Us
When the Martyrs Go to Sleep
We Fear for a Dream
We Are Entitled to Love Autumn
Give Birth to Me Again That I May Know
If I Were to Start All Over Again
Is It in Such a Song?
A Gypsy Melody
We Travel Like Other People
We Go to a Country
We Are Here Near There
Athens Airport
They'd Love to See Me Dead
The Wandering Guitar Player
A Gentle Rain in a Distant Autumn

Samih al-Qasim - Biographical Note
Slit Lips
Sons of War
Confession at Midday
Travel Tickets
Bats
Abandoning
The Story of a City
Conversation Between an Ear of Corn and a Jerusalem Rose Thorn
How I Became an Article
The Story of the Unknown Man
End of a Discussion With a Jailer
Eternity
The Will of a Man Dying in Exile
The Boring Orbit
The Clock on the Wall

Adonis - Biographical Note
A Mirror for the Executioner
A Mirror for the Twentieth Century
A Mirror for Beirut
Worries (A Dream)
The Golden Age
Song
Prophecy
Psalm
The Wound
A Woman and a Man (Conversation, 1967)
The New Noah
The Seven Days
The Pearl (Dream-Mirror)
The Minaret
The Desert (Diary of Beirut Under Siege, 1982)
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