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The Adam of Two Edens

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  3 reviews
This collection of poems by renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish ranges from dreamy reflections to bitter longings for the Palestine that was lost when Israel was created in 1948.
Paperback, 206 pages
Published January 6th 2001 by Syracuse University Press
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Miroku Nemeth
I initially purchased this book because I love both the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish AND the poetry of Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore, who contributed to the editing. It did not disappoint. The most powerful poem in this book, for me, was “Speech of the Red Indian”. The genocide against the indigenous peoples of the Americas is rarely properly taught, for the nationalism that educational institutions invariably carry and endeavor to impart to the young minds of their charges is marked by the whitewashed n ...more
Yasmeen
NOTE THAT THE THREE STARS ARE BECAUSE THE TRANSLATION WAS NOT FABULOUS AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HOW MUCH I LOVE DARWISH.

This is definitely not the strongest English collection of Darwish's poetry, but it was the first. The translation seems to be hit and miss, because different translators worked on different poems and someone just decided to put them all in the same place-- so understandably, some of them seem to have been done better than other versions I've read whereas other ones kind of b
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K. Euler
I had expected to like this more than I did. Darwish--often named the poet of resistance and exile--manages to capture the language of his experience well. However, it felt less coherent than his actual collections. While it provides a useful introduction to his work, I prefer reading the original collections. Also, sometimes the translation feels a bit awkward--which I'm not sure if it is a product of translation or the original text.
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Mahmoud Darwish (Arabic: محمود درويش) 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.
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الأعمال الشعرية الكاملة لا تعتذر عما فعلت لا أريد لهذي القصيدة أن تنتهي ذاكرة للنسيان حالة حصار

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