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Victims of a Map: A Bilingual Anthology of Arabic Poetry

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'Victims of a Map' presents fifteen 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, also published here for the first time.
Paperback, 165 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Saqi Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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Ken Moten
Jan 25, 2013 Ken Moten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People wanting a introduction to contemporary Arabic poetry.
Recommended to Ken by: Hend
Shelves: poetry-stuff
"My era tells me bluntly:
You do not belong.
I answer bluntly:
I do not belong,
I try to understand you.
Now I am a shadow
Lost in the forest
Of a skull.
" - First stanza of The Desert (The Diary of Beirut Under Siege, 1982) by Adonis.

I usually don't go about dedicating my reviews, but this book is a special case at I read it after a conversation on Goodreads a year ago between myself and the person who (indirectly) recommended this book to me. After expressing my frustration of never learning about wr
Apr 19, 2016 Shirin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume serves both as an introduction into Arabic poetry as well as into Arabic literature in general, as poetry is the most important and most widely read literary form in the Arab world. It is a both lyrical and political collection of poems by three of the best known and most popular poets of the Arabic language: Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim and Adonis.

The three authors are considered to be among the most modern and most innovative writers of their language. In a mostly laconic languag
Faisal Al Sager
تفاجأت به
توقعت الكتاب يحتوي عملا نثريا او شعريا مشتركًا
ككتاب الرسائل مثلا

ولكن كانت الصدمة عندما وجدت أنهُ مجرد تجميع لبعض قصائد درويش وسميح وأدونيس
وهي قديمة حيث تم جمع الكتاب سنة ١٩٨٤
لكنّ الجميلَ في الكتابِ، وجود نصوص للشاعر أدونيس
حيثُ قرأتُ لهُ ووجدتُ نوعًا من الرمزيّة المختلفة
وشطحاته كما أرى أقوى من شطحات درويش

من أجمل ما قرأتُ له:ـ
و حينما يحترق التاريخ فى ثيابى
و تنبت الأظافر الزرقاء فى كتابى
و حينما أصيح بالنهار -
من أنتَ ، من يرميك فى دفاترى
فى أرضىَ البتول ؟
ألمح فى دفاترى فى أرضى البتول
عينين من
A gentle rain in a distant autumn
And the birds are blue, are blue,
And the earth is a feast.
Don't say I wish I was a cloud over an airport.
All I want
From my country which fell out of the window of a train
Is my mother's handkerchief
And reasons for a new death.
Feb 11, 2014 Yasmeen rated it really liked it
3.5 maybe because of the translation- some beautiful poetry with poets I hadn't heard of before. I've read other translations of Darwish that I thought were better so I assume the others could have been done better justice as well, but I'm glad I was exposed to them anyway.
Antonio Delgado
Oct 30, 2016 Antonio Delgado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Geography is unnatural, and its often oppressive. These poets create different maps in order to express their selfs into an approximation for an open geography.
Mar 17, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great anthology of three modern poets writing in Arabic (Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian). Lyric, poignant and political -- all of the poems resonated with me and I want to read more from them.
Alexis Sherman
Jul 08, 2007 Alexis Sherman rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of poetry by Mahmoud Darwish, Adonis, and Samih al-Qasim-- all who address the loss of Palestine, war, and exile. It is also bilingual in English and Arabic.
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Mahmoud Darwish was a respected Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet. In his work, Palestine became a metaphor for the loss of Eden, birth and resurrection, and the anguish of dispossession and exile.

The Lotus Prize (1969; from the Union of Afro-Asian Writers)
Lenin Peace Prize (1983; from the USSR)
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