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I read this book of poetry in one sitting. Darwish blends the visceral landscape of his homeland to the memories and associations with it. Later in his life, Mahmoud Darwish lived in exile from his homeland of Palestine and survived each day with heart-breaking longing for his home. Speaking as a voice for the silenced, Darwish reminds us the horrors and realities of war and violence. Reading this collection, however, can also bring the reader a sense of peace. Allow yourself to step into the perspective of others, surrounded by the nature of a home that was taken away.— From Rose's Picks
Mahmoud Darwish (1942 2008), recipient of France's Knight of Arts and Belles Lettres medal, the Lotus Prize, and the Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom, is widely considered Palestine's most eminent poet. State of Siege was written while the poet himself was under siege in Ramallah during the Israeli invasion of 2002. An eloquent and impassioned response to political extremity, the collection was published to great acclaim in the Arab world. Munir Akash's translation, including an introduction exploring the rich mythology of these poems, presents the first book-length, bilingual edition of State of Siege to an English audience."