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Remembering Mahmud Darwish, 1941 - 2008
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 Remembering Mahmud Darwish, 1941 - 2008


Remembering Mahmud Darwish, 1941 - 2008
Mahmud Darwish was born on March 13, 1941 in the village of al-Birwa in Mandate Palestine.
Darwish was one of the finest poets of his entire generation -- certainly in Palestine, possibly in the Arab world, and perhaps even beyond. Never truly at home anywhere -- whether in Beirut before 1982, or in Ramallah, Amman, or Paris after that -- and never bound by material or personal ties, Darwish led a peripatetic existence until death finally found him in, of all places, Houston, Texas, where his overburdened heart finally gave out after a third major heart operation. In this unexpected end, in this incongruous place, Darwish further incarnated the peculiar and surreal ongoing odyssey of the Palestinian people.
The passing of Mahmud Darwish in August, 2008 marked the end of an era during which Palestinian aspirations evolved from the narrow focus on survival and steadfastness in the bitter new post-Nakba world after 1948, and from nostalgia for a return to an imagined idyllic existence before the traumatic rupture, and toward an increasingly broad-minded and tolerant humanistic approach to a resolution of the conflict, and toward the Israelis.
For the month of August, the Institute for Palestine Studies is honoring the life of Mahmud Darwish by sharing a collection of articles that offer insight and analysis of his life and work. This collection will be offered for free August 1 - 31, 2013, after which will be available for purchase on JSTOR.