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Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982 (Literature of the Middle East)

 
 
 
 
Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982 (Literature of the Middle East)
Author: Mahmoud Darwish
ISBN 13: 9780520087682
ISBN 10: 520087682
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1995-03-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 182
List Price: $28.95
 
 

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.