By Qassim Haddad,Ferial Ghazoul,John Verlenden
Chronicles of Majnun Layla and chosen Poems brings jointly in a single quantity Haddad’s seminal paintings and a substantial number of poems from his oeuvre, stretching over 40 years. The primary poem, Chronicles of Majnun Layla, recasts the seventh-century delusion right into a modern, postmodern narrative that revels within the foibles of oral transmission, weaving a small part solid of characters into the cloth of the poem. Haddad portrays Layla as a bold lady conscious of her personal wishes and needs and never afraid to articulate them. the writer succeeds in reviving this classical paintings of Arabian love whereas freeing it from its puritanical size and tribal overtones.
The chosen poems show Haddad’s playful but profound meditations. a strong lyric poet, Haddad juxtaposes classical and glossy symbols, and mixes the previous with the recent, the sensual with the sacred, and the typical with the extreme. Ghazoul and Verlenden’s masterful translation is still trustworthy to the cultural and ancient context during which the unique poetry was once produced whereas additionally reflecting the individuality of the poet’s kind and his poetics.
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