Mourid Barghouti

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Mourid Barghouti
مريد البرغوثي
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Personal details
Born (1944-07-08) July 8, 1944 (age 75)
Deir Ghassana, Mandatory Palestine[1]
ChildrenTamim Albarghouti

Mourid Barghouti (Arabic: مريد البرغوثي‎, Murīd al-Barghūthī) (born July 8, 1944) is a Palestinian poet and writer. He was born in Deir Ghassana, near Ramallah, on the West Bank.


The Oslo Accords finally allowed Barghouti to return to the West Bank, and in 1996 he returned to Ramallah after 30 years of exile.[citation needed] This event inspired his autobiographical novel Ra'aytu Ram Allah (I Saw Ramallah), published by Dar Al Hilal (Cairo, 1997), which won him the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in the same year.[citation needed] A second part of the novel entitled, I Was Born There, I Was Born Here, was written when he and his son, Tamim, made a visit to Ramallah.[2]

In an interview with Maya Jaggi in The Guardian, Barghouti was quoted as saying: "I learn from trees. Just as many fruits drop before they're ripe, when I write a poem I treat it with healthy cruelty, deleting images to take care of the right ones."[3]


English translations:

  • Midnight and Other Poems, translated by Radwa Ashour, ARC Publications, UK, October 2008, ISBN 1-904614-68-X, ISBN 978-1-904614-68-5
  • I Was Born There, I Was Born Here, Bloomsbury, 2011
  • I Saw Ramallah Random House, Anchor Books, 2003-05-13 ISBN 1-4000-3266-0 and Bloomsbury, UK, ISBN 0-7475-7470-7 and the American University in Cairo Press (January 2003), ISBN 978-977-424-755-2
  • A Small Sun, Poems translated by Radwa Ashour and W. S. Merwin, Aldeburgh Poetry Trust, 2003 paperback, Suffolk, UK, ISBN 0-9535422-2-X

Spanish translations:


  1. ^ Tonkin, Boyd (23 January 2009). "Midnight, By Mourid Barghouti, trans Radwa Ashour". The Independent. London.
  2. ^ Thomas, Ros, author. Was it something I said? : Misadventures in suburbia. ISBN 9781742586311. OCLC 882933271.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Interview by Maya Jaggi (2008-12-13). "Interview: Mourid Barghouti | Books". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2011-11-12.

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