By Mahmoud Darwish
“There are maps of Palestine that the politicians won't ever be able to forfeit: the only stored within the stories of Palestinian refugees, and that that is drawn by way of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry.”—Anton Shammas
This extraordinary choice of Mahmoud Darwish’s poems and prose meditations is either lyrical and philosophical, wondering and clever, packed with irony and protest and play. “Every attractive poem is an act of resistance.” As consistently, Darwish’s musings on unrest and loss reside on love and humanity; delusion and dream are inseparable from fact. “Truth is obvious as day.” in the course of the e-book, Darwish returns often to his ongoing and sometimes lighthearted dialog with death.
Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008) used to be offered the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom in 2001. He was once considered as the voice of the Palestinian humans and one of many maximum poets of our time.
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Enter my brother Setho, captain of my Phoenician naval ﬂeet. He announces that he has brought cargo to Jerusalem from the Orient: gold, bedolach and shoham stones, pepper, ginger, and asafetida, apes, peacocks, and an elephant. And then he presents me with a cask containing a magical water from the mountains of India, reputed there to rejuvenate those who drink it. In the next scene, Celestina, the Rose of Sharon, proclaims that I must choose between the water of India and the wine of her kiss.
Proudly she showed me vials of the seminal ﬂuid of Pope Sixtus IV and Boabdil, the ruler of Nasrid Granada, not to mention an ejaculatory elixir milked by her own hand from a white bull she kept in her stables in honor of Europa and Zeus. “As I’ve already told you, Mr. Siegel, this obsession with youth also made 40 · chapter one, 1465–1493 the queen susceptible to believing that Rabbi Solomon might be able to ﬁnd the Fountain for her. And so she consented to arrange for the old Jew to sail to India on a ship under the command of el gilipollasqueroxo.
Mr. De Leon answered himself in the old man’s voice: “You will do so because you know that I have always loved you. And I am conﬁdent that the queen will comply, given that she stands to gain something she values more than the gold, jewels, spices, and textiles of the Orient. If she sends me to the Indies, I am prepared to o∏er her immunity from disease and old age, to provide her with the youth upon which her beauty and power depend. I am certain, and swear it before our Lord, that I have ascertained the exact location of the Fountain of Life, the waters of which bestow perpetual youth.
A River Dies of Thirst: journals by Mahmoud Darwish