Palestine as Metaphor
“These interviews are a rich trove of his reflections on his art, personal revelations, and political insight vivid and fluid translations, one clearly hears Darwish’s voice: self-assured yet sensitive, witty yet sincere.” — New York Review of Books
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First English publication of interviews with the late Mahmoud Darwish.
Palestine as Metaphor consists of a series of interviews with Mahmoud Darwish, which have never been translated and published in English before. The interviews are a wealth of information on the poet’s personal life, his relationships, his numerous works, and his tragedy. They illuminate Darwish’s conception of poetry as a supreme art that transcends time and place.
Several writers and journalists conducted the interviews, including a Lebanese poet, a Syrian literary critic, three Palestinian writers, and an Israeli journalist. Each encounter took place in a different city from Nicosia to London, Paris, and Amman.
These vivid dialogues unravel the threads of a rich life haunted by the loss of Palestine and illuminate the genius and the distress of a major world poet.
Book Size: 6″ x 9″
Imprint: Interlink Books
Translator: Amira El-Zein and Carolyn Forché
Release date: Fall 2019