Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet's Art and His Nation


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Syracuse University Press
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5.72 X 0.72 X 8.5 inches | 0.79 pounds
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About the Author

Born and raised in Libya, Khaled Mattawa immigrated to the United States as a teenager. He is associate professor in the English Department at the University of Michigan. He is the author of several books of poetry, including Tocqueville and Amorisco.


A brilliant and illuminating look at one of the greatest Arab poets of all time, by one of the greatest Arab poets of our time.--Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Mattawa's book is an insightful and well-documented study of Mahmoud Darwish. It is a welcome contribution to understanding this great poet of Arabic literature and an outstanding paradigm for future studies.--Review of Middle East Studies
Written with fluidity that does justice to the poet he analyzes, Khaled Mattawa's Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet's Arts and His Nation is a superbly constructed book that contextualizes Darwish's language, aesthetics, structures, and devices. Mattawa treats these complexities with tremendous skill, framing his critique of Darwish in a larger framework of poetry's role in the political and cultural discourses that shaped Palestinian identity.--Steven Salaita, author of Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader's Guide
Mattawa's homage to Mahmoud Darwish, through a very intelligent and perceptive reading of some of his most important poems, reveals a very human side to one of the greatest voices in modern Arabic poetry.Terri DeYoung, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington--Terri DeYoung, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington
Mattawa's analysis provides a fascinating interpretation of Darwish's national poetry.--Bustan: The Middle East Book Review