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Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982 (Literature of the Middle… (original 1987; edition 1995)

by Mahmoud Darwish

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Title:Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982 (Literature of the Middle East)
Authors:Mahmoud Darwish
Info:University of California Press (1995), Paperback, 182 pages
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A somewhat strange yet hauntingly appealing book. I was completely unfamiliar with Darwish before reading this book -- and I wasn't all that informed on Palestine, either. Suffice to say, I didn't always understand what Darwish was conveying. Still, there is a unique quality to his writing, stories within stories that are symbolized with just a few words. I suspect that I could reread this book several times throughout my life, always finding something new that resonates within me. ( )
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One of the Arab world's greatest living poets uses the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the shelling of Beirut as the setting for this sequence of prose poems. Mahmoud Darwish vividly recreates the sights and sounds of a city under terrible siege. As fighter jets scream overhead, he explores the war-ravaged streets of Beirut on August 6th (Hiroshima Day).
Memory for Forgetfulness is an extended reflection on the invasion and its political and historical dimensions. It is also a journey into personal and collective memory. What is the meaning of exile? What is the role of the writer in time of war? What is the relationship of writing (memory) to history (forgetfulness)? In raising these questions, Darwish implicitly connects writing, homeland, meaning, and resistance in an ironic, condensed work that combines wit with rage.
Ibrahim Muhawi's translation beautifully renders Darwish's testament to the heroism of a people under siege, and to Palestinian creativity and continuity.
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One of the Arab world's greatest living poets uses the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the shelling of Beirut as the setting for this sequence of prose poems. Mahmoud Darwish vividly recreates the sights and sounds of a city under terrible siege. As fighter jets scream overhead, he explores the war-ravaged streets of Beirut on August 6th (Hiroshima Day).
Memory for Forgetfulness is an extended reflection on the invasion and its political and historical dimensions. It is also a journey into personal and collective memory. What is the meaning of exile? What is the role of the writer in time of war? What is the relationship of writing (memory) to history (forgetfulness)? In raising these questions, Darwish implicitly connects writing, homeland, meaning, and resistance in an ironic, condensed work that combines wit with rage.
Ibrahim Muhawi's translation beautifully renders Darwish's testament to the heroism of a people under siege, and to Palestinian creativity and continuity.

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