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Mahmoud Darwish
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In Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation, Mattawa pays tribute to one of the most celebrated and well-read poets of our era. With detailed knowledge of Arabic verse and a firm grounding in Palestinian history, Mattawa explores the ways in which Darwish’s aesthetics have played a crucial role in shaping and maintaining Palestinian identity and culture through decades of warfare, attrition, exile, and land confiscation. Mattawa chronicles the evolution of his poetry, from a young poet igniting resistance in occupied land to his decades in exile where his work grew in ambition and scope. In doing so, Mattawa reveals Darwish’s verse to be both rooted to its place of longing and to transcend place, as it reaches for the universal and the human.

Table of Contents

  1. Covers
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, About the Author
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Note on Translations and Transliterations
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. 1. An Introduction: Perennial Tensions
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 2. The Poet and the National Literature
  2. pp. 14-29
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  1. 3. Poet under Occupation, 1964-1971
  2. pp. 30-61
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  1. 4. Poet of National Liberation, 1971-1986
  2. pp. 62-93
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  1. 5. To Survive in the World
  2. pp. 94-127
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  1. 6. Who Am I without Exile?
  2. pp. 128-153
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  1. 7. Parting Words
  2. pp. 154-168
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  1. Postscript
  2. pp. 169-174
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  1. References, Index
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. About the Author, Back Cover
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