Mahmoud Darwish (Biographical details)

Mahmoud Darwish (author/poet; Palestinian; Male; 1941 - 2008)

Also known as

Darwish, Mahmoud


Renowned poet; spent his career between Israel, Palestine and neighbouring countries. Often called ‘the voice’ of his people, his work focuses on the concept of ‘watan’ or homeland. Published over thirty volumes of poetry and won many awards. Began writing in a classical Arabic poetic style but in the 1970s adopted a ‘free-verse’ technique. His work is cited frequently by Middle Eastern artists.


Asafir bila ajniha (Wingless birds), 1960; Awraq Al-Zaytun (Leaves of olives), 1964; Ashiq min filastin (A lover from Palestine), 1966; Akhir al-layl (The end of the night), 1967; Yawmiyyat jurh filastini (Diary of a Palestinian wound), 1969; Habibati tanhad min nawmiha (My beloved awakens), 1969; al-Kitabah 'ala dhaw'e al-bonduqiyah (Writing in the light of the gun), 1970; al-'Asafir tamut fi al-jalil (Birds are Dying in Galilee), 1970; Mahmoud Darwish works, 1971; Mattar na'em fi kharif ba'eed (Light rain in a distant autumn) 1971; Uhibbuki aw la uhibbuki (I love you, I love you not), 1972; Jondiyyun yahlum bi-al-zanabiq al-baidaa' (A soldier dreaming of white lilies), 1973; Complete Works, 1973; Muhawalah raqm 7 (Attempt number 7), 1974; Tilka suratuha wa-hadha intihar al-ashiq (That's her image, and that's the suicide of her lover), 1975; Ahmad al-za'tar, 1976; A'ras (Weddings), 1977; al-Nasheed al-jasadi (The bodily anthem), 1980. Joint work; Qasidat Bayrut (Ode to Beirut), 1982; Madih al-zill al-'ali (A eulogy for the tall shadow), 1983; Hissar li-mada'eh al-bahr (A siege for the sea eulogies), 1984; Victims of a Map, 1984. Joint work with Samih al-Qasim and Adonis in English; Sand and Other Poems, 1986; Hiya ughniyah, hiya ughniyah (It's a song, it's a song), 1985; Ward aqal (Fewer roses), 1985; Ma'asat al-narjis, malhat al-fidda (Tragedy of daffodils, comedy of silver), 1989; Ara ma oreed (I see what I want), 1990; Ahad 'asher kaukaban (Eleven planets), 1992; Limaza tarakt al-hissan wahidan (Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone?), 1995; Sareer El-Ghariba (Bed of a stranger), 1998; Jidariyya (Mural), 2000; Halat Hissar (State of siege), 2002; La ta'tazer 'amma fa'alt (Don't apologize for what you did), 2003; al-A'amal al-jadida (The new works), 2004; al-A'amal al-oula (The early works), 2005; Ka-zahr el-lawz aw ab'ad (almond blossoms and beyond), 2005; The Butterfly's Burden, 2007 (Copper Canyon Press) (translation by Fady Joudah).


Shai'on 'an al-wattan (Something about the homeland), 1971; Wada'an ayatuha al-harb, wada'an ayuha al-salaam (Farewell, war, farewell, peace), 1974; Yawmiyyat al-hozn al-'aadi (Diary of the usual sadness), 1973; Dhakirah li-al-nisyan (Memory for Forgetfulness), 1987; Fi wasf halatina (Describing our condition), 1987; al-Rasa'il (The Letters), 1990. Joint work with Samih al-Qasim; Aabiroon fi kalamen 'aaber (Bypassers in bypassing words), 1991; Memory for Forgetfulness, 1995 (University of California Press) (translated by Ibrahim Muhawi); Fi hadrat al-ghiyab (In the presence of absence), 2006; Athar alfarasha (A River Dies of Thirst: journals), (Archipelago Books, 2009) (translated by Catherine Cobham).