'Adonis is one of the most important major literary figures of our century. His vision is extraordinary. His poetry sublime ... a master of our times.' V. S. Naipaul
'...the most eloquent spokesman and explorer of Arab modernity' --Edward Said
'The Arab world's greatest living poet' --New York Times
'Adonis is undoubtedly one of the leading Arab poets of this century ... [he] asserts the importance of the unconscious, of turning individual perception into language' --Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Adonis is one of the most celebrated poets and essayists of the Arab world. Born in Syria in 1930, he fled political persecution and settled in Lebanon in the 1950s, where he led the modernist movement in Arabic poetry. He has written more than thirty books in Arabic, including the pioneering work An Introduction to Arab Poetics
(also by Saqi Books), and was awarded the Goethe Prize in 2011 for his contribution to international literature. His other awards include the Spiros Vergos Prize for Freedom of Expression, the Bjornson Prize, the International Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award and the Syria-Lebanon Best Poet Award.