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Last poems from the national poet of Palestine

Mural is the testimony of one of the most important and powerful poets of our age.

Mahmoud Darwish was the unofficial laureate of Palestine. One of the greatest poets of the last half-century, his work evokes the loss of his homeland and is suffused with the pain of dispossession and exile. Here, his close friends John Berger and Rema Hammami present a beautiful new translation of two of Darwish’s later works: his long masterpiece Mural, a contemplation of his life and work written following life-threatening surgery, and his last poem, The Dice Player, which Darwish read in Ramallah a month before his death.

Illustrated with original drawings by John Berger.


  • Darwish’s poetry is an epic effort to transform the lyrics of loss into the indefinitely postponed drama of return.

    Edward Said
  • The most celebrated writer of verse in the Arab world.

    Adam ShatzThe New York Times
  • The translation is very fine . . . It's a joy to read and among the very best Palestinian literature.

    Raja Shehadeh, author of Palestinian Walks