How Can I Call What Is Between Us a Past?

Adonis

The Chinese University Press

How Can I Call What Is Between Us a Past?

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Pub Date: March 2014

ISBN: 9789629966102

72 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $5.00

How Can I Call What Is Between Us a Past?

Adonis

The Chinese University Press

Drawn from International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong 2013, How Can I Call What Is Between Us a Past? is a chapbook of poetry by Adonis presented in Arabic, English, and Chinese. How Can I Call What Is Between Us a Past? is also available, along with the chapbooks of other internationally renowned poets, in Islands or Continents (Eighteen-volume Set). Selected poems from this volume are featured in the anthology Islands or Continents: International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong 2013.

About the Author

Ali Ahmad Said Esber, known to readers as Adonis, was born in a rural village in Syria in 1930. He graduated with a degree in philosophy from Damascus University and went on to earn a doctoral degree in Arabic literature from St. Joseph University in Beirut. Adonis has written more than fifty books of poetry, criticism, essays, and translation in his native Arabic. He is recognized as one of the most important poets and theorists of literature in the Arab world, and one of the most important contemporary poets and thinkers in any language or context. His influence on Arabic poetry can be compared with that of Pound or Eliot on poetry in English, combined, however, with a radical and secular critique of his society.

Adonis's many awards include the International Poetry Forum Award (Pittsburgh, 1971), National Poetry Prize (Lebanon, 1974), Grand Prix des Biennales Internationales de la Poésie (Belgium, 1986), Prix de Poésie Jean Malrieu Étranger (France, 1991), Prix de la Méditerranée (France, 1994), Nazim Hikmet Prize (Turkey, 1994), Lerici-Pea Prize (Italy, 2000), Oweiss Cultural Prize (UAE, 2004), the BjØrnson Prize (Norway, 2007), the Zhong Kun International Poetry Prize (China, 2009), and the Goethe Literature Prize (Germany, 2011). In 1997 the French government named him Commandeur de I'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.