Songs of Mihyar the Damascene - Penguin Modern Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

'The greatest living poet of the Arab world' Guardian

Cloud, mirror, stone, thunder, eyelid, desert, sea. Through a dead or dying land, Mihyar walks: a figure of heroic individualism and dissent, part-Orpheus, part-Zarathustra. Where he goes, the austere building-blocks of his world become the expressions of passionate emotion, of visionary exaltation and despairing melancholy. The traditions of the Ancient Greeks, the Bible and the Quran flow about and through him.

Written in the cosmopolitan Beirut of the early 1960s, Adonis's Songs of Mihyar the Damascene did for Arabic poetry what The Waste Land did for English. These are poems against authoritarianism and dogma, in which a new Noah would abandon his ark to dive with the condemned, and in which surrealism and Sufi mysticism meet and intertwine. The result is a masterpiece of world literature.

Translated by Kareem James Abu Zeid and Ivan Eubanks

'The most eloquent spokesman and explorer of Arabic modernity' Edward Said

Book information

ISBN: 9780241483558
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 892.716
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 192g
Height: 196mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 17mm