The Butterfly's Burden

Mahmoud Darwish

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A bilingual Arabic-English edition which includes translation of three books: "The Stranger's Bed", "A State of Siege", and "Don't Apologise for What You've Done". Translator(s): Joudah, Fady. Num Pages: 344 pages. BIC Classification: DC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 228 x 153 x 24. Weight in Grams: 606. . 2007. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781852247881

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Mahmoud Darwish is the Essential Breath of the Palestinian people, the eloquent witness of exile and belonging, exquisitely tuned singer of images that invoke, link, and shine a brilliant light into the world’s whole heart. What he speaks has been embraced by readers around the world his in an utterly necessary voice, unforgettable once discovered.” Naomi Shihab Nye

Mahmoud Darwish is the leading poet in the Arab world, an artist and activist who attracts thousands to his public readings.

The Butterfly's Burden combines the complete text of Darwish's two most recent full-length volumes, linked by the stunning memoir-witness poem A State of Siege.” Love poems, sonnets, journal-like distillations, and interlaced lyrics balance old literary traditions with new forms, highlighting loving reflections alongside bitter longing.

From Sonnet [V]

I touch you as a lonely violin touches the suburbs of the faraway place.
Patiently the river asks for its share of the drizzle.
And, bit by bit, a tomorrow passing in poems approaches
so I carry faraway’s land and it carries me on the road.

Mahmoud Darwish is the author of 30 books of poetry and prose, as well as the Palestinian Declaration of Independence. He has worked as a journalist, was director of the Palestinian Research Center, and lived in exile until his return to Palestine in 1996. He has received many international awards for his poetry.

Translator Fady Joudah is a physician based in Houston, Texas. His first book of poems received the Yale Younger Poets prize.


About the Author: Mahmoud Darwish is the Poet Laureate of Palestine and the author of the Palestinian national anthem. Author of over twenty books, he was awarded the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American doctor based in Houston, Texas, and is active in Doctors Without Borders. He earned an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College, and his original poetry and translations have appeared in a wide range of publications.

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Title: The Butterfly's Burden
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Publication Date: 2007
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