Since pre-Islamic days, poetry has been the mass art form of the Arabic language. In modern times poets in the region have had a greater impact on popular culture than novelists, and there can be no doubt that Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim and Adonis are among the leading poets of the Arab world today.
Victims of a Map: A Bilingual Anthology of Poetry presents fifteen newly translated poems by each poet. It includes thirteen poems by Darwish never before published in book form, even in Arabic, and a long work by Adonis written during the 1982 siege of Beirut which has also never been published. The poems have been translated by Abdullah al-Udhari.
The Arabic text of each poem is printed on the pages facing each translation, making this anthology a powerful learning tool for students of Arabic as well as a showcase of one of the most vibrant of all Arab arts.
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