A River Dies of Thirst

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-08-25
  • Publisher: Archipelago
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This remarkable collection of Mahmoud Darwishrs"s poems and prose meditations is both lyrical and philosophical, questioning and wise, full of irony and protest and play. "Every beautiful poem is an act of resistance." As always, Darwishrs"s musings on unrest and loss dwell on love and humanity; myth and dream are inseparable from truth. "Truth is plain as day." Throughout the book, Darwish returns frequently to his ongoing and often lighthearted conversation with death.Mahmoud Darwish (19412008) was awarded the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom in 2001. He was regarded as the voice of the Palestinian people and one of the greatest poets of our time.

Table of Contents

The girl/The Screamp. 3
Green fliesp. 4
Like a prose poemp. 5
If only I were a stonep. 6
Beyond identificationp. 7
The enemyp. 8
Nerop. 9
The forestp. 10
Dovesp. 11
The house as casualtyp. 12
The cunning of the metaphorp. 13
The mosquitop. 14
An eagle flying lowp. 15
A Personal dutyp. 17
A common enemyp. 18
The rest of a lifep. 19
The colour yellowp. 21
If only the young were treesp. 22
We arrived too latep. 23
Two strangersp. 24
What's it all for?p. 25
A talent for hopep. 26
I am only himp. 27
I did not dreamp. 28
The pretty girls' neighbourp. 29
How far is far?p. 30
He sees himself as absentp. 31
He said: 'I'm afraid'p. 32
The roar of silencep. 33
A person chasing himselfp. 34
A longing to forgetp. 35
A river dies of thirstp. 36
The wallp. 37
The law of fearp. 38
I walked on my heartp. 39
Routinep. 40
A gun and a shroudp. 41
If we want top. 42
Cheated timep. 44
Perfectionp. 45
One, two, threep. 46
Empty boxesp. 47
On nothingnessp. 48
My imagination...a faithful hunting dogp. 49
If I were someone elsep. 50
Assassinationp. 51
Rustlingp. 53
A metaphorp. 54
In the company of thingsp. 55
A shawl made of silkp. 56
A sort of lossp. 57
A shameful landp. 58
Summer and winterp. 59
A coloured cloudp. 60
A spring passing quicklyp. 61
Life to the last dropp. 63
The butterfly effectp. 64
I was not with mep. 65
The faces of truthp. 66
As if he were asleepp. 67
Visible musicp. 68
The road to wherep. 69
The humour of eternityp. 70
The indifferent onep. 71
The picture and the framep. 72
Snowp. 73
An infectious diseasep. 74
A bed of lavenderp. 75
Most and leastp. 76
I am jealous of everything around youp. 78
Lose one of your starsp. 80
Private meetingsp. 81
She said to himp. 82
A sneezep. 83
In praise of winep. 84
At the top of the cypress treesp. 85
Point of viewp. 86
The mercy bulletp. 87
Shynessp. 88
Perfection is the same as imperfectionp. 89
Prickly pearp. 91
In the empty squarep. 92
A short holidayp. 93
Famep. 94
If I were a hunterp. 95
Nightmarep. 96
Iraq's night is longp. 97
In Cordobap. 99
In Madridp. 101
High is the mountainp. 103
I don't noticep. 104
That wordp. 105
Echop. 106
The second olive treep. 107
Willow treep. 108
Right of return to paradisep. 109
If it were not for sinp. 110
Italian autumnp. 111
Two travellers to a riverp. 112
A killer and innocentp. 113
As if she is a songp. 115
My poet/my otherp. 116
A clear sky and a green gardenp. 117
A single wordp. 118
The essence of the poemp. 119
Satirep. 121
On oratory and oratorsp. 122
Half and halfp. 124
I thinkp. 125
The second linep. 126
Higher and furtherp. 127
The canaryp. 128
On a boat on the Nilep. 129
The lonely man's addictionp. 130
In Rabatp. 131
Descriptionp. 132
In Skogåsp. 133
The exile finds his wayp. 135
Boulevard St Germainp. 136
Things would be differentp. 138
A life beginningp. 139
The hand of the statuep. 140
In Beirutp. 141
The return of Junep. 142
If only people envired usp. 144
From now on you are somebody elsep. 145
From now on you are youp. 149
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