Death of Mahmoud Darwish

Monday 11 August 2008 14:33

Mahmoud Darwish, one of the Middle East''s greatest poets has died. Palestine is in mourning. He died of complications from heart surgery in Texas. I quote from the welcome page on his website:

"When he decided to take on this difficult surgery we thought that he can beat death, like he did several times before… but he, it seems, with his prophetic insight, could clearly see his “ghost coming from afar”.
He wanted to surprise death rather than wait for the “time bomb” that was his artery to explode unannounced… he went prepared, as he always is, leaving us behind to “nurture hope”."

Listen to Mahmoud Darwish read his poem to Edward Said