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Mourid Albarghouti



Biography

Mourid Albarghouti was born on in July 1944 in Deir Ghassana near Ramallah, Palestine. He has published 12 books of poetry, the latest of which is Muntasaf al-Lail ("Midnight") in 2005. His Collected Works was published in Beirut in 1997. A Small Sun, his first poetry book translated to English, was published by The Aldeburgh Poetry Trust in 2003. Albarghouti was awarded the 2000 Palestine Award for Poetry, and his poems have been widely published in Arabic and international literary magazines. English translations of his poetry have been published in Al Ahram Weekly, Banipal, Times Literary Supplement, Pen, and Modern Poetry in Translation. His autobiographical narrative, Ra'ytu Ramallah ("I Saw Ramallah") in 1997, was published in several editions in Arabic and won the 1997 Naguib Mahfouz Award for Literature. It was translated into several languages; the English translation was published by the American University in Cairo Press, as well as by Random House and Bloomsbury. Barghouti has participated in numerous conferences, poetry readings, and festivals in countries throughout the Arab world and in several European cities. Edward Said described I Saw Ramallah as "one of the finest existential accounts of Palestinian displacement we now have," and John Berger wrote that it was "a bedside book if ever there was one--unforgettable memories, razor insights, name games, stories with eyes closed, no conclusions, only the passionate pain of exile, recounted at the end of the day by a true poet." Albarghouti currently lives and works in Cairo.


Mourid Albarghouti