By (author) Mahmoud Darwish , Translated by John Berger , Translated by Rema Hammami


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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 and work written following lifethreatening 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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  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 134.62 x 187.96 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • 13 Oct 2009
  • Verso Books
  • London
  • English
  • 6
  • 184467410X
  • 9781844674107
  • 218,544

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Author Information

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. JOHN BERGER'S latest novel is From A To X. REMA HAMMAMI is professor at the Institute for Women's Studies at Birzeit University, Ramallah.

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"Did as much as anyone to forge a Palestinian national consciousness." Peter Clark, Guardian "His was a constant voice calling for coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians." The Times "[Mural] is an exquisitely designed book, enhanced by several of Berger's evocative drawings and marred only by Berger's strident, grandstanding introduction. .. For Mural is a spiralling and circuitous poem, alive with swerves and sly twists, moving along corridors that dead-end only to open out unexpectedly into detours and hidden passageways. That single adjective, conspicuous in Darwish's spare style, presages the very structure of Mural. " Eric Ormsby, Bookforum

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