• Imprint: Saqi Books
  • ISBN: 9780863565243
  • eISBN: 9780863568732
  • Published: June 2005
  • UK Price: £9.99
  • US Price: $14.95
  • Format: 135 x 216 mm (Demy)
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Extent: 168pp
  • Subject: ,

Victims of a Map

A Bilingual Anthology of Arabic Poetry (Adonis, Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim)

Edited by Abdullah al-Udhari

Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim and Adonis are amongst the leading poets in the Arab world today.

Victims of a Map presents some of their finest work in translation, alongside the original Arabic, including thirteen poems by Darwish never before published – in English or Arabic – and a long work by Adonis written during the 1982 siege of Beirut, also published here for the first time.

About the Editor(s)

Abdullah al-Udhari was born in Taiz, Yemen, in 1941, and has lived in London since 1962. He studied classical Arab literature and Sabaean epigraphy at London University, where he also received a doctorate for his pioneering study, Jahili Poetry before Imru al-Qais [4000 BCE–500 CE], which established him as an authority on early Jahili literature. In 1974 he founded and edited TR, an Anglo-Arab literary and arts magazine. He is a literary historian, poet and storyteller, and his publications include , Victims of a Map, Voice Without Passport, The Arab Creation Myth and Modern Poetry of the Arab World.

Reviews

‘A five-star publication … I would like to see it widely bought, read, and discussed in the English-speaking world.' Orbis

‘A beautifully produced little book.’ Middle East International

‘A very useful introduction to modern Arabic poetry … an elegant, precise translation.’
Al-Majalla

'An excellent collection of verses from three of the most modern Arab poets.'
International Journal of Islamic and Arabic Studies