The Blood of Adonis: Selected Poems of Adonis (Ali Ahmed Said). Ali Ahmed Said, Adonis.
The Blood of Adonis: Selected Poems of Adonis (Ali Ahmed Said)

The Blood of Adonis: Selected Poems of Adonis (Ali Ahmed Said)

ISBN: 0822952203
Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1971. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "Adonis (Ali Ahmed Said) was born in 1930 in a Syrian village near Tartus on the Mediterranean shore. Since 1956 he has lived in Lebanon where many of the poems included in this book were written. In 1970 a jury of his peers under the sponsorship of the International Poetry Forum named him winner of the Syria-Lebanon Award. The union of poet and translator in this book is especially significant, for Samuel Hazo has transposed the poems of Adonis with a skill and feeling born out of his Lebanese descent and his heritage as an American poet." (from back cover) A selection of poems by Said (pen name of Adonis), one of the most influential, modernizing figures in the Arab literary world, still with us as of this writing at nearly 91 years old. The poems are translated from Arabic into English by Hazo, a much-acclaimed poet, translator & essayist who was then director of the International Poetry Forum which bestowed its award on Adonis as noted above (& also still with us at about age 92). With preface by Hazo & introduction by Arab-American translator Mirene Ghossein. First softcover edition, presumed first printing (although there is no statement on copyright page & there are ISBN numbers therein for this & the hardcover edition published simultaneously, the ISBN system was introduced the previous year of 1970). A key, classic Adonis collectible for English-speaking readers. In very fine condition with only mild rubbing to front, back covers & spine; very light wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; very light rubbing & spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps to corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3917]

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