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Carousing with Gazelles: Homoerotic Songs of Old Baghdad

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"Carousing with Gazelles" presents accurate and unbowdlerized translations of some of Abu Nuwas's most celebrated poems-which have mostly remained untranslated into English due to the pressures of pious Puritanism and homophobia. In fact, Abu Nuwas remains largely untranslated into ANY European language, for the same reason: he is, by European standards, shocking. More tha ...more
Paperback, 52 pages
Published November 17th 2005 by iUniverse
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Mike
Nov 24, 2012 added it
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A very small set of verse translations, with prose translations and a very small amount of critical context. Explicitly sexual in a way I, at least, didn't expect from 8C Arabic poetry.

The poems are interesting, especially in context with, say, Hafez, but I feel like I need to do more comparison with other translations (mostly not in English) to tell what's Abu Nuwas, the poet, and what is Abu Tarab, the translator.
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