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Without an Alphabet, without a Face: Selected Poems


ISBN: 978-1555973711

Paperback: 84 pages
Publisher:  Graywolf Press, 2003
Language: English, translated from the Arabic
Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 0.7 x 23 cm

Living his life in exile a series of forced departures from numerous countries, Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef writes outside the long-standing forms of traditional Arabic poetry. In the words of Salma Khadra, a critic of Arabic poetry, “Youssef’s poetry abounds with the sights, smells, colours, and movement of life around him, depicting scenes of great familiarity and intimacy. This is a great achievement in the face of the rage and fury and technical complexities of much of the other poetry written by his contemporaries.” Beautifully translated by Khaled Mattawa, Graywolf is proud to present “Without an Alphabet, Without a Face” to the United States.”

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