Mahmoud Darwish’s The Butterfly’s Burden, which appeared in the United States in a translation by Fady Joudah almost a year ago but has not gotten a single review in a newspaper or magazine, was written up this weekend in the Guardian. Here’s what Fiona Sampson said about the book:
This most public of Palestinians is the master not of reductive polemic but of a profoundly lyric imagination, one that draws together the textures of daily life, physical beauty – whether of landscape or of women – longing, myth and history. Using poetry complex with personal experience, he has recreated an entire society’s sensibility.
Read it all here.