Journal of an Ordinary Grief

Translator: Ibrahim Muhawi Publisher: Archipelago Books Place of Publication: New York Date of Publication: 2011 Language: Arabic Author: Darwish, Mahmoud

 Both voice of the Palestinian people and one of the most transcendent poets of his generation, Mahmoud Darwish also wrote several remarkable volumes of autobiographical essays over the course of his life. First published in Beirut in 1973, these probing essays ask vital questions about the existentially complex realities the Palestinians in Israel face and the ambiguity of Darwish’s own identity as an Israeli Palestinian. They call upon myth, memory, and language to delve into the poet’s experiences, which include house arrest, interrogations and time in prison.