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Nostalgia, My Enemy: Poems


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New poetry by Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef, one of the major voices from the Arab world

The country we love was finished

before it was even born.

The country we did not love has claimed

the blood left in our veins.

                            —from “A Desperate Poem”

This book collects some of the best of Saadi Youssefs most recent poems from the last decade, since the ongoing American-led war in his home country of Iraq. In direct, penetrating language, translated from the original Arabic by Sinan Antoon and Peter Money, Youssefs poems dwell on the casualties of the war, the loss of his country, the role of the writer in exile, the atrocities of Saddam Hussein, and the inhumane acts perpetrated by American military at Abu Ghraib. What emerges is the powerful voice of a writer for whom “Poetry transforms in that intimate moment which combines the current and the eternal in a wondrous embrace.”

About the Author

Saadi Youssef was born in 1934 in Basra, Iraq. He has published more than thirty volumes of poetry and is considered one of the living masters of Arabic poetry. He lives in London.

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Youssef, Saadi
Graywolf Press
Money, Peter
Antoon, Sinan
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
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