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Without an alphabet, without a face : selected poems

Author: Saʻdī Yūsuf; Khaled Mattawa
Publisher: Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, ©2002.
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This Iraq will reach the ends of the graveyard.It will bury its sons in open countrygeneration after generation, and it will forgive its despot...It will not be the Iraq that once held the name.--from "A Vision"Living his life in exile--a series of forced departures from numerous countries--Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef also writes outside the long-standing forms of traditional Arabic poetry. In the words of Salma  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Yūsuf, Saʻdī.
Without an alphabet, without a face.
Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)606931188
Named Person: Saʻdī Yūsuf; Saʻdī Yūsuf
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Saʻdī Yūsuf; Khaled Mattawa
ISBN: 155597371X 9781555973711
OCLC Number: 51900075
Language Note: Translated from the Arabic.
Awards: Winner of Literary Award (Poetry in Translation) 2003
Description: xxiv, 186 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / Khaled Mattawa --
Reception --
Night in Hamdan --
Insistence --
Night Fugitive --
In Their Hands --
A Native Song to a Wounded Smuggler --
Martyrdom --
The Mouse --
To Socialism --
A Secret --
The Murdered Come Out at Night --
Whims --
Three Stories from Kuwait --
The River --
Old Pictures from Kout al-Zain --
Drowsiness --
Algerian Glances --
The Other Person --
Spanish Plaza --
Three Bridges --
Solos on the Oud --
Oleander Tree --
Shatt al Arab --
The Ends of the African North --
L'Akhdar Ben Youssef and His Concerns --
In Those Days --
On L'Akhdar Again --
The Collapse of the Two-Rivers Hotel --
Noontime --
House of Mirth --
Solitude --
The New Baghdad --
The Forests --
The Gardener --
How L'Akhdar Ben Youssef Wrote His Last Poem --
Nocturnal --
Enemies --
The Porcupine --
First Snow --
The Flags --
The Village --
Poetry --
The Visit --
April Stork --
Scene --
Summer --
Sparrows --
A Moment --
The Spring --
Immersion --
A Friendship --
Days of June --
Maryam Comes --
From "Daily Chores" --
Inheritance --
The Orchard --
About That Lizard, About This Night --
A Fever --
A Hot Night --
A Woman --
Lines --
The Chalets Bar --
Scene --
A Cloud --
Crawling Plant --
Thank You Imru ul-Qais --
Autumn --
Tower --
Chemical Weapon --
The Trees of Ithaca --
Cavafy's House --
1989 --
The Cold --
Abduction --
The Lost Letter --
Endings --
The Light --
Snow May Fall --
The Moment --
On the Red Sea --
Attention --
For Jamal Jumaa --
The Kurdish Quarter --
The Hermit --
America, America --
The Attempt --
Trying to Flee --
A Vision --
Happiness.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: by Saadi Youssef ; translated from the Arabic by Khaled Mattawa.
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Abstract:

This Iraq will reach the ends of the graveyard.It will bury its sons in open countrygeneration after generation, and it will forgive its despot...It will not be the Iraq that once held the name.--from "A Vision"Living his life in exile--a series of forced departures from numerous countries--Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef also writes outside the long-standing forms of traditional Arabic poetry. In the words of Salma Khadra, a critic of Arabic poetry, "Youssef's poetry abounds with the sights, smells, colors, and movement of life around him, depicting scenes of great familiarity and intimacy. This is a great achievement in the face of the rage and fury and technical complexities of much of the other poetry written by his contemporaries." Beautifully translated by Khaled Mattawa, Graywolf is proud to present this vital voice to the United States.

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