Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone?

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Consortium Book Sales & Dist, Apr 1, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 197 pages
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At once an intimate autobiography and a collective memory of the Palestinian people, Mahmoud Darwish’s interlinked poems are collective cries, songs, and glimpses of the human condition. The collection—widely considered hischef-d’oeuvre—is a poetry of myth and history, of exile and suspended time, of an identity bound to the Arabic language and his displaced people. Darwish’s poems—specific and symbolic, simple and profound—are historical glimpses, existential queries, chants of pain and injustice of a people separated from their land.

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Why did you leave the horse alone?

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"Poetry is our ladder to the moon," explains Palestinian author Darwish, and in this bilingual edition he uses it achingly to create both personal and collective history. Read full review

About the author (2006)

Poet, journalist, and advocate for the Palestinian people, Darwish was born in 1941 in Birwa (near Akko). He has written over four volumes of poetry and several books of essays, including "Memory for Forgetfulness" (U of Cal Press 1995). Jeffrey Sacks received a doctorate from NYU in Arabic literature, and has translated essays of Darwish. His translations and scolarly work has appeared in a variety of literary journals.

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