Born in Jerusalem in 1978, Najwan Darwish is one of the foremost Arabic-language poets of his generation. He has gained widespread acclaim for a body of work that both embodies and transcends the Palestinian struggle. Since the publication of his first collection in 2000, Darwish’s poetry has been translated into ten languages. In 2009, the Hay Festival’s Beirut39 selected him as one of the thirty-nine best Arab writers under the age of thirty-nine. He continues to make his home in Jerusalem.
Hailed across the Arab world and beyond as a singular expression of the Palestinian struggle, Darwish’s poetry walks the razor’s edge between despair and resistance, between dark humor and harsh reality. “While his poetry is at times political, it embodies a universal message, reminiscent of the great mystical poets like Rumi.”—Poetry International