Unfortunately, It Was Paradise by Mahmoud Darwish
Selected Poems

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Mahmoud Darwish is a literary rarity: at once critically acclaimed as one of the most important poets in the Arabic language, and beloved as the voice of his people. He is a living legend whose lyrics are sung by fieldworkers and schoolchildren. He has assimilated some of the world's oldest literary traditions at the same time that he has struggled to open new possibilities for poetry. This collection spans Darwish's entire career, nearly four decades, revealing an impressive range of expression and form. A splendid team of translators has collaborated with the poet on these new translations, which capture Darwish's distinctive voice and spirit.

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Mahmoud Darwishis the author of twenty books of poems, includingMemory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982(California, 1995),The Adam of Two Edens(2001), andPsalms(1994). He received the 2001 Prize for Cultural Freedom from the Lannan Foundation.Munir Akashis editor ofJusoor, The Arab American Journal of Cultural Exchange,and coeditor ofThe Adam of Two Edens(2001) andPost Gibran: Anthropology of New Arab American Writing(2000).Carolyn Forchéis Professor of English at George Mason University and author ofThe Angel of History(1994).Sinan Antoonis coeditor ofArab Studies Journal.Amira El-Zeinis the author ofBedouin of Hell(1992) andThe Book of Palm Trees(1973).
Published January 6, 2003 by University of California Press. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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When Darwish's selected The Adam of Two Edens was published by Syracuse in late 2000, the second Palestinian intifada was not yet bound up in "the war on terror," and the book did not get much play, perhaps partially due to its disparate translations (and an uninviting cover).

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And it must be hopelessly naive of me to imagine political leaders using poetry to effect change, something poets already do on their own (however slight the range), and maybe that wouldn’t be right in the first place, the explicit “merger” of poetry and politics.

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