© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157006410X486828 Journal of Arabic Literature 41 (2010) 196-200 brill.nl/jal Reviews Mahmoud Darwish, Like Almond Blossoms and Beyond (Ka-zahri al-lawzi wa ab ʿ ad) (1941-2008), Translated by Mohammad Shaheen (Northampton, Massachusetts: Interlink Books, 2009). Pp. xi + 95 Reviewed by Nader Uthman, New York University Th e fabric of modern poetry in general—and Arabic verse in particular—was rent in the summer of 2008 with the premature loss of the major poet of Arabic, Mahmoud Darwish (Mah ̣ mūd Darwīsh). His poetic achievements and wide acclaim place him at the summit of modern Arabic letters. He penned the 1988 Palestinian Declaration of Independence and was known as “the poet of the resistance,” indicating his central role as an eloquent advocate for his people, the Palestinians. Yet the signiﬁ cance of his poetic oeuvre cannot be summed up with reference to Palestine alone: his soaring readings would ﬁ ll stadiums throughout the Arab nations, while his poetry continues to be read in over twenty languages and garnered him a bevy of international awards. As the Palestinian poet Samih Al-Qasim (Samīh ̣ Al-Qāsim) put it in his elegy, his is “the ode of all of
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