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Baghdad, Adieu - Selected Poems of Memory and Exile

English · Hardback

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Iraqi poet Salah Al Hamdani has lived a remarkable life. The author of some forty books in French and Arabic, he began life as a child laborer, with little or no education. As a political prisoner under Saddam Hussein, he learned to read and write Arabic; once he was released form prison, he continued to work against the regime, ultimately, at age twenty-one, choosing exile in Paris. He now writes in French, but he remains a poet of exile, of memory, wounded by the loss of his homeland and those dear to him.

This landmark collection gathers thirty-five years of his writings, from his first volume in Arabic, Memory of Embers, to his latest collection, written originally in French, For You I Dream. It offers English-language readers their first substantial overview of Al Hamdani's work, fired by the fight against injustice and shot through with longing for the home to which he can never return.

About the author

Salah Al Hamdani was born in Baghdad in 1951. He is the author of some forty books in both Arabic and French. He lives in France. Sonia Alland is a writer and translator who divides her time between New York City and her home in a village in southern France.


Gathers 35 years of Iraqi poet Sala Al Hamdani's writings

Product details

Authors Salah Al Handani, Salah Al Hamdani
Assisted by Sonia Alland (Translation)
Publisher Seagull Books London Ltd
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 31.01.2019
EAN 9780857425447
ISBN 978-0-85742-544-7
No. of pages 264
Dimensions 147 mm x 228 mm x 22 mm
Weight 382 g
Series Arab List
The Arab List
Subject Fiction > Narrative literature

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