Poetry from former national poet of Palestine, illustrated by original drawings by John Berger
Mahmoud Darwish (1942–2008) published some thirty books of poetry and prose; his work has been translated into thirty-five languages. His many international awards include the Lenin Peace Prize and the Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom. Storyteller, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, John Berger is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include Ways of Seeing; the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours; Here Is Where We Meet; the Booker Prize–winning novel G; Hold Everything Dear; the Man Booker–longlisted From A to X; and A Seventh Man.
Darwish's poetry is an epic effort to transform thelyrics of loss
into the indefinitely postponed drama of return.
Did as much as anyone to forge a Palestinian nationalconsciousness.
The most celebrated writer of verse in the Arab world.
*The New York Times*
an exquisitely designed book, enhanced by several ofBerger's evocative drawings . Mural is a spiralling and circuitous poem, alivewith swerves and sly twists, moving along corridors that dead-end only to openout unexpectedly into detours and hidden passageways. That single adjective,conspicuous in Darwish's spare style, presages the very structure of Mural.
The translation is very fine: Rema Hammami and John Berger take a few liberties but always keep to the spirit of the poems. It's a joy to read and among the very best Palestinian literature.