“Darwish’s poetry is an epic effort to transform the lyrics of loss into the indefinitely postponed drama of return.”—Edward Said
“Did as much as anyone to forge a Palestinian national consciousness.”—Peter Clark, The Guardian
“The most celebrated writer of verse in the Arab world.”—Adam Shatz, The New York Times
“His was a constant voice calling for coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.”—The Times [London]
Mahmoud Darwish (1942–2008) published some thirty books of poetry and prose; his work has been translated into thirty-five languages. His many international awards include the Lenin Peace Prize and the Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom.
Storyteller, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, John Berger is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include Ways of Seeing, the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours, Here Is Where We Meet, the Booker Prize-winning novel G, Hold Everything Dear, the Man Booker–longlisted From A to X, and A Seventh Man.
Rema Hammami is professor at the Institute for Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, Ramallah.