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Victims of a Map: A Bilingual Anthology of Arabic Poetry

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Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim and Adonis are amongst the leading poets in the Arab world today.

Victims of a Map presents some of their finest work in translation, alongside the original Arabic, including thirteen poems by Darwish never before published – in English or Arabic – and a long work by Adonis written during the 1982 siege of Beirut, also published here for the
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 2005 by Saqi Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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B. P. Rinehart
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People wanting a introduction to contemporary Arabic poetry.
Recommended to B. P. by: Hend
"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
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
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
Farhan Khalid
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-east, poetry, war
Mahmud Darwish

The earth is closing on us

The earth is squeezing us

Be the song of those who have no songs

We fear for a dream

We go on dreaming

I wish we were fig leaves

I wish we were an abandoned plant

Give birth to me again

I long for everything

I long for myself I long for you

We will live because life goes on

We travel like other people but we return to nowhere

As if travelling is the way of the clouds

We have a country of words

Speak speak so we may know the end of this travel

We are here and in a
Antonio Delgado
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Geography is unnatural, and often oppressive. These poets create different maps in order to express their selfs into an approximation for an open geography.
Carolyn Turcotte
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marshall gives nods to all the feels of Chi, and calls out the disparities the city tries to ignore. Powerful pieces about missing friends lost to gun violence and memories in a lyrical collection pulling on heart strings while saying the unsayable.
Julie Gray
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this collection, in particular, the poems of Samih Al-Quasim.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I hated the English translation.
Wawan Kurn
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beberapa puisi di buku ini membuat saya harus mengangguk-angguk beberapa kali. Tiga penulis yang menyimpan kuasa kata dan makna dalam puisi-puisi!
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I appreciated the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish but the other two not so much. I'm not a poetry person AT ALL so much of the lyrically was lost on me.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tom Trewinnard
Sep 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arab, poetry
Beautiful bilingual collection of Adonis, Darwish and al-Qasim.
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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محمود درويش
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)