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'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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 567 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0863561896
  • Publisher: Saqi Books (1 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3MB756
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HASH(0x9e8298b8) out of 5 stars prompt and great condition 18 Mar. 2008
By L. Simon - Published on Amazon.com
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The first few essays made me reflect on the connection between spirituality and the creative process. I have also read the chapter on Rimbaud and the Sufism-like elements in his work. The book is beautifully written and has a wealth of ideas, highly recommended.
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HASH(0x9f25fb04) out of 5 stars Sufism and Surrealism 21 Jan. 2011
By Aviva Butt - Published on Amazon.com
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In his prose work "Sufism and Surrealism" (admirably translated by Judith Cumberbatch), Adonis presents the writings of Sufis as "the force behind the change in Arab poetical writing." (p. 130) He sheds light especially on the writings of the Sufi, Ibn `Arabi. He explains Surrealism in literature, and it becomes apparent why Arabic poetry would relate to Surrealism and why it would especially relate to Surrealism through the writings of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud. It is Adonis' own insights that I find exciting and revealing in that he throws light on the thought behind his own poems.
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HASH(0x9eb0c7e0) out of 5 stars Sufism and Surrealism 3 Aug. 2014
By zaharah braybrooke - Published on Amazon.com
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I chose to read this book because the title has a compelling effect on me. I have always been intrigued about life and death and whatever is in between. Adonis has captured Rimbaud's writings in my opinion. The parallelism between the Sufi seers and Rimbaud's depth, breadth, vision, passion, and truth are enlightening. In particular the mystery of life, universal truth and the paradox of language has been overshadowed by conventional language as we know it.

I recommend this to anyone who is interested in the mystery of life, human nature and the universe.
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