"There is no doubt this selection will prove to be the standard by which all translations, readings, and studies of Adonis's poetry in English will be judged. The sweeping canopy of his life's achievement is astonishing in Khaled Mattawa's vision. Mattawa's lyrical rendition of Adonis's intensely musical Arabic is unparalleled by any available translation, old or recent, of Adonis's work in English."-Fady Joudah, translator of If I Were Another: Poems by Mahmoud Darwish -- Fady Joudah Selected as a finalist for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize sponsored by the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry -- Griffin Poetry Prize Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry Adonis was the winner of the 2011 Goethe Prize, given by the city of Frankfurt -- Goethe Prize Frankfurt Khaled Mattawa was the winner of the 2010 Academy Fellowship, given by the Academy of American Poets -- Academy Fellowship Academy of American Poets Khaled Mattawa was the winner of the 2011 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for Adonis: Selected Poems, given by PEN American Center -- PEN Award for Poetry in Translation PEN American Center "Adonis, born Ali Ahmad Said Esber in the Alaouite village of Qassabin in western Syria in 1930, 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 poetic 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. His poetry is widely known and available in Europe, in many languages and multiple translations. Khaled Mattawa , one of the best and most audacious younger American poets, also a brilliant, knowledgeable translator, has worked for two decades, latterly with the collaboration of Adonis, on a collection that will represent his scope, his thought , his linguistic daring and innovation to Anglophone readers. This magisterial anthology, covering more than fifty years of work, marked with the poet's 'epic scope and lyrical precision,' will indelibly mark his presence alongside world poets like Milosz, Akhmatova, Darwish, Neruda, Amichai and Bonnefoy."-Marilyn Hacker -- Marilyn Hacker "This new selection and translation ... is certainly needed... [Adonis's] 'Concerto for 11th September/2001 B.C.' ... is nothing short of brilliant."--Kel Munger, Sacramento News & Review -- Kel Munger Sacramento News & Review "Adonis is one of the great luminaries in contemporary world poetry, and with this impressive and entrancing volume of selected poems in English, superbly translated by Khaled Mattawa, his pool of admirers here in America is bound to increase."--Spencer Dew, Rain Taxi Review of Books -- Spencer Dew Rain Taxi Review of Books "Adonis is one of the great luminaries in contemporary world poetry, and with this impressive and entrancing volume of selected poems in English, superbly translated by Khaled Mattawa, his pool of admirers here in America is bound to increase."-Spencer Dew, Rain Taxi -- Spencer Dew Rain Taxi "Until [now], no single work in English gave an idea of the poet's range. Adonis: Selected Poems is thus a landmark: the collection matters not just because of its internal beauty, but because it provides a window on the career of one of Arabic literature's transformational poets."- M. Lynx Qualey, Kenyon Review -- M. Lynx Qualey Kenyon Review
About the Author
Adonis (born Ali Ahmad Said Esber) is a Syrian poet and essayist who led the modernist movement in Arabic poetry in the second half of the 20th century. He has written more than 20 books in his native Arabic, including the pioneering work An Introduction to Arab Poetics. Adonis received the Bjørnson Prize in 2007. Other awards and honours include the first International Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Award, the Syria-Lebanon Best Poet Award, and the highest award of the International Poem Biennial in Brussels. He was elected a member of the Stéphane Mallarmé Academy in 1983. He lives in Paris. Khaled Mattawa is assistant professor of language and literature at the University of Michigan. He is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Tocqueville (2010), and is the recipient of the PEN award for literary translation, a Guggenheim fellowship, and two Pushcart prizes. He was born in Benghazi, Libya, and emigrated to the United States when he was a teenager.