REVIEWS KABBANI, NIZAR, Arabian Love Poems: Full Arabic and English Texts. Trans- lated by Bassam Frangieh and Clementina R. Brown. London: Lynne Rienner Publishers; 1999. Table of contents, preface, introduction, selected poems and their translations. Pp. xiii + 225. Nizar Qabbani requires no introduction to any serious student of contemporary Arab culture. His remarkable popularity as a poet throughout the Arab world has spanned decades, just as his poetic output reached fifty volumes of poetry (1). The fact, then, that this volume, which first appeared in 1993, was and is the first book-length work of translations of his selected poems into English took this reader by surprise. The preface of this second edition indicates that Nizar Qabbani's death in April 1998 occasioned the revision and reissuing of the volume. Bassam Frangieh and Clemen- tina Brown have done us all a great service by collaborating to create this bilingual volume directed primarily at the English reading audience. The poetic texts are pre- sented in parallel English/Arabic versions on facing pages, with the more enviable feature that the Arabic is a reproduction of the poet's own handwritten text of the selected poems, indicating the collaboration of the poet in the
Journal of Arabic Literature – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2000
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