Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone?

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A stunning new translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s intertwining poetic narrative, presenting a profound portrait of the Palestinian people, the human condition, and Darwish’s own hopes and dreams

Since Mahmoud Darwish's death, his poetic writings continue to be read by an audience in awe. This is a collection of autobiographical poetry designed to give an insight into the wider human condition. Darwish explores the meaning of life, identity, and the impact of exile. Hailed as ...

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Overview

A stunning new translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s intertwining poetic narrative, presenting a profound portrait of the Palestinian people, the human condition, and Darwish’s own hopes and dreams

Since Mahmoud Darwish's death, his poetic writings continue to be read by an audience in awe. This is a collection of autobiographical poetry designed to give an insight into the wider human condition. Darwish explores the meaning of life, identity, and the impact of exile. Hailed as the most important Arab poet of the modern day, Darwish's voice has come to represent a generation and the Palestinian people in the midst of the tense political situation in the Middle East. While Darwish explored themes of lost Eden, exile, and life after death, he resisted classification as a spokesperson for the Palestinian cause, and refused to use his art for purely political ends. Darwish's was a nomadic existence, much of it spent in international exile, and these experiences lent his writing a cosmopolitan edge—they partake of a worldwide mythology.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"Poetry is our ladder to the moon," explains Palestinian author Darwish, and in this bilingual edition he uses it achingly to create both personal and collective history. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"Mr. Darwish's prose gave voice to the Palestinian experience of exile, occupation and infighting."  —New York Times

"His is the voice of dispossessed Palestine but its longings, including sheer lust, are universal."  —Independent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976395010
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 4/12/2006
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 1,413,066
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008) won many awards for his poetry and prose and is regarded as the Palestinian national poet. His awards include the Lenin Peace Prize, the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, and The Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom. He lived in Houston, Texas. Mohammad Shaheen is an author and a highly regarded translator.

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