A River Dies of Thirst
Trade Paperback · 153 Pages
$16.00 U.S. · $17.99 CAN · €11.99 E.U.
One of Darwish's last collections. Poems and musings on identity, love, peace—with irony, hope, and humor. … More
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This remarkable collection of Mahmoud Darwish’s poems and prose meditations is both lyrical and philosophical, questioning and wise, full of irony and protest and play. “Every beautiful poem is an act of resistance.” As always, Darwish’s musings on unrest and loss dwell on love and humanity; myth and dream are inseparable from truth. “Truth is plain as day.” Throughout the book, Darwish returns frequently to his ongoing and often lighthearted conversation with death.
Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008) was awarded the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom in 2001. He was regarded as the voice of the Palestinian people and one of the greatest poets of our time.
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Many people in the Arab world feel their language is in crisis. And it is no exaggeration to say that Mahmoud is considered a savior of the Arab language.
Syrian poetry critic Subhi Hadidi, cited by Adam Schatz, The New York Times
Darwish is the premier poetic voice of the Palestinian people … lyrical, imagistic, plaintive, haunting, always passionate, and elegant and never anything less than free what he would dream for all his people.
Naomi Shihab Nye
Mahmoud Darwish is one of the greatest poets of our time. In his poetry Palestine becomes the map of the human soul.
Darwish is to be read with urgency, in the night, when nothing else moves but his lines.
The Village Voice
I want to find a language that transforms language itself into steel for the spirit—a language to use against these sparkling silver insects, these jets. I want to sing. I want a language … that asks me to bear witness and that I can ask to bear witness, to what power there is in us to overcome this cosmic isolation.
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