By Mahmoud Darwish

ISBN-10: 1566567556

ISBN-13: 9781566567558

Authoritative details and lovely photographs in the back of the ebook is a 12-page foldout timeline which are indifferent and displayed on a wall or observe board, delivering an enticing quickly visible connection with the foremost classes, occasions and advancements of Islamic civilizations from nearly the seventh to the 20 th centuries advert. The 32-page ebook bargains introductions to every of the classes and dynasties, with brief sections on specific topics and at the nice achievements of Islamic artwork and tradition over the centuries. either publication and timeline are richly illustrated all through with colour photos, together with a variety of items from museum collections.

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I put out the flame of her candles, and turned on the electric light. I drank her glass of wine and smashed it. I changed the sound of frenetic violins to Persian songs. I said, She will not come. I will loosen my smart tie (that's much better) and put on blue pajamas. I will walk barefoot if I want. I will squat down at my ease on her sofa and forget her, and forget everything that is not here. I returned all the things that I got out for our party to their drawers. I opened all my windows and curtains.

I opened all my windows and curtains. No secrets in my body as I face the night, except what I had expected and lost. I laughed at the way I freshened the air for her, like a fool. ) She will not come. I will move her orchid plant from right to left to punish her for her forgetfulness. I covered up the looking glass on the wall with a coat, so as not to see the radiance of her picture and regret it. I said: I better forget what I quoted for her from the old ghazal, because she does not deserve a poem, not even one that has been pirated.

You walk as if you were someone else. If I could speak to someone on the road, I would say, My peculiarity is what does not point to myself, and what is not named, from death, a dream, nothing more. If I could speak to a woman on the road, I would say, My peculiarity does not arouse attention: the calcifying of some arteries in the feet, nothing more. And so walk with me, walk slowly, like a cloud, neither dawdling nor hurrying. If I could speak to the specter of death behind the azalea hedge, I would say, We were born together as twins-you, who would kill me, are my brother.

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