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Republic of Love

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By far the most popular poet of the Arab World, popular in the true sense of the word. The late Nizar Kabbani's selected poems appear here in English for the first time. So popular is he that one of his poems is the greatest love song in the Arab world, recorded by the legendary Egyptian singer Um Khaslsoum and played on virtually every taxi's radio across the Middle East.
Published (first published 2002)
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Theodora
Sep 07, 2009 Theodora rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Nizar Qabbani. Some day, I hope to learn enough Arabic to read and listen to his poems without the barrier of translation.
Harrison
Jul 24, 2014 Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is not often that I sit for an evening immersed in love poetry. To have just had such an evening, I'm amazed I do not do it more.

For me, to read a poem for the first time--let alone an entire collection of poems--is to be overcome with a visceral but fleeting beauty. Apart from the true classics, the "O Captain My Captain"s of the world, I do not simply read a poem and instantly remember it or even any constituent part of it. And yet, simply 'waterskiing across the surface' of a collection li
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NMCannon
Nov 05, 2015 NMCannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading (and being delighted by) ARABIAN LOVE POEMS, I was very excited to read REPUBLIC OF LOVE and I was not disappointed. Kabbani's poems are an honest delight, at once addressed to a specific reader and a universal audience. I'm so, so happy to have discovered this poet. It's a high honor just to read his work in English, knowing how divided he was about having his works translated.

Unlike with ARABIAN LOVE POEMS, this book featured longer poetic works, and the selections themselves see
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David Child
Oct 15, 2016 David Child rated it it was amazing
The poetry and prose of a man about love, women, love, Arab cultures and history, love, women... as never talked about by any other nor with such passion described in powerful and amazing imagery.
...shokran Leila; may I remember you forever.
Christine
Oct 26, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it
Beautiful, thought-provoking poems - only regret is my inability to read them in their original Arabic.
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Qabbani was revered by generations of Arabs for his sensual and romantic verse. His work was featured not only in his two dozen volumes of poetry and in regular contributions to the Arabic-language newspaper Al Hayat, but in lyrics sung by Lebanese and Syrian vocalists who helped popularize his work.

Through a lifetime of writing, Qabbani made women his main theme and inspiration. He earned a reput
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