The Theory of Absence

Dunya Mikhail

The Chinese University Press

The Theory of Absence

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Pub Date: March 2014

ISBN: 9789629966188

64 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $5.00

The Theory of Absence

Dunya Mikhail

The Chinese University Press

Drawn from International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong 2013, The Theory of Absence is a chapbook of poetry by Dunya Mikhail presented in Arabic, English, and Chinese. The Theory of Absence is also available, along with the chapbooks of other internationally renowned poets, in Islands or Continents (Eighteen-Volume Box Set). Selected poems from this volume are featured in the anthology Islands or Continents: International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong 2013.

About the Author

Dunya Mikhail, Iraqi-American poet, was born in Baghdad in 1965 and left Iraq for the US (Michigan) in mid-1990s. She has worked as a journalist for The Baghdad Observer and her work was found "subversive." She was awarded the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing in 2001, and her translator, Elizabeth Winslow, won a 2004 Pen Translation Fund Award. Her first book in English, The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005; Carcanet, 2006), was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize and was named one of the 25 books to remember in 2005 by the New York Public Library. It was also translated into Italian by Elena Chiti and published by Edizioni San Marco dei Giustiniani (2011). Mikhail's Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea (New Directions, 2009) won the 2010 Arab American Book Award. Her new poetry book The Iraqi Nights is coming from New Directions in 2014.