Why did you leave the horse alone? and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading Why did you leave the horse alone? on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone [Paperback]

Mahmoud Darwish

RRP: 12.99
Price: 10.78 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: 2.21 (17%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 3 Sept.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 2.39  
Paperback 6.29  
Paperback, 4 Feb 2010 10.78  

Book Description

4 Feb 2010
At once an intimate autobiography and a collective memory of the Palestinian people, Darwish’s intertwined poems are collective cries, songs, and glimpses of the human condition. Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone? is a poetry of myth and history, of exile and suspended time, of an identity bound to his displaced people and to the rich Arabic language. Darwish’s poems – specific and symbolic, simple and profound – are historical glimpses, existential queries, chants of pain and injustice of a people separated from their land.

Frequently Bought Together

Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone + Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems + The Butterfly's Burden
Price For All Three: 36.66

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product details

  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: ARCHIPELAGO BOOKS; Bilingual edition (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976395010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976395010
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


'His is the voice of dispossessed Palestine but its longings, including sheer lust, are universal' --The Independent

'Mr. Darwish's prose gave voice to the Palestinian experience of exile, occupation and infighting' --The New York Times

'The struggle for freedom was always central to Darwish's work - In much of his poetry Darwish affirmed his own and his people's reality yet he did not deny that of the Other' --Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mahmoud Darwish (1941 - 2008) won many awards for his poetry and prose and is regarded as the Palestinian national poet. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
They saddled the horses Read the first page
Explore More
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on Amazon.co.uk.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  5 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry as if one were timeless and in a trance 6 Aug 2008
By Flippy - Published on Amazon.com
Years ago, a friend from Palestine recommended the works of Mahmoud Darwish. The local university didn't have any of his books on hand and at the time, there were other concerns in my life, things going on that made searching out good poetry difficult - school, work, other studies.
(It was the same friend who introduced me to Sufism and for that I am eternally grateful...)

Recently I picked up this book, remembering my friend's recommendation.

From the first page onward, from the first poem, I was drawn away into another world. I found these poems to have a stillness about them, a mournful but organic quiet. I can't really explain the impact... it was like this seed of beauty, long dormant, something unexpected, began to take shape with the discovery of this book. It was like discovering a new way of thought and looking at the wonder of the world. Reading this book I felt at times without time, stirred up into a trance. I guess it left me a little drunk.

My personal favourite poems of this collection:
"Poetic Arrangements"
"The Phases of Anat"
"From One Sky to Another, Dreamers Pass"
"Helen, What a Rain"
"Night Overflowing the Body"

I think my favourite line would have been:
"...We rise and dance until the/setting sun bleeds upon your feet..."

I'm sure if you love poetry, especially the poetry outside of the well-established Canons of England and the United States (still can't stand Merwin and Lowell...reading those two is like getting your heart sandblasted with boredom... I tell ya...) then you'll love Darwish.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone? 20 May 2008
By Edita - Published on Amazon.com
Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone?

"I don't know the desert
But I planted words at its edges"
So Mahmoud Darwish plants hope for his country and love in order to see the blossoming possibility of return, of meeting.He plants words in his poems to hide the emptiness of the present and the absence of home snatched by the gust of the wind.He has nothing to offer or expect,that's why the poet himself becomes his dream:
"I am my dream. Whenever the earth narrows, I expand it
with the wing of a swallow. I expand. I am my dream..."
Poetry is the only thing left that you can trust and lean on, it shelters you from yesterday's tragedy and tomorrow's insecurity, it unites two strangers, two chased lovers on the road which leads nowhere, two shadows of what they were, it opens the door to what "lies between a between".The reader discovers the poem, falls in love with Darwish's language, his country and ability to love, to become a dream, we as well as the poet inherit the land of the words and possess their precious meaning.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Poetry--Beautiful Edition 7 April 2013
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a gorgeous bilingual edition of Darwish's masterwork. With Arabic and English text on facing pages, it's terrific for American and/or English-speaking readers who can already read or are learning Arabic. Though paperback, the pages have weight to them, and rough, naturalistic edges. The cover is also matte, and well-textured. The book is a pleasant size and feels good to hold. Inside, the poetry is at least as amazing as its vessel--Darwish is one of the most communicative, clever, poetic, and moving writers in any language. This is a book that instantly became one of my very favorites.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Poet 20 May 2012
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This collection of poetry is a prime example of the torture of suffering. Mahmoud Darwish captures the pain and longing of someone from a lost land. He perfectly portrays the suffering of the Palestinian people who long to return to their homeland.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry at its best 18 Oct 2008
By N. Simaan - Published on Amazon.com
This collection of poems by Mahmood Darwish brings some of the most complex imagery wrapped in simple words. The poems are as complex and as fragile as the political situation behind the poet's exile from his own country. As a Palestinian, I was very satisfied to see that the translator managed to overcome the language barrier and to bring the English readers the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. Mahmoud brings in this collection of poems beauty, love, and pain in impossible depiction of the Palestinian human condition of exile. The following example depicts the relationship between a father and a naive son, the pain of an uprooted father, the sarcasm of the powerless, and the beauty of landscapes in which their tragedy unfolds:

-Are you speaking to me my father?
-They signed a truce on the island of Rhodes,
my son!
- What about us, what about us, father?
- It's over...
-How many times will it be over, father?
-Its over. They did their duty:
They fought the enemy's airplanes with broken guns
We did our duty. We drew away from the canterberry tree
so we wouldn't tip the commander's hat
we sold our wives' rings so they could hunt birds, my son!
-Will we remain here, then, father
under the willow of the wind
between the sky and the sea? "

I loved this book, although I believe some of the best poetry of Mahomoud Darwish has not been translated yet.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category