Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Syrian Poet: Adonis - The Problem with the Arab/Muslim World

Ali Ahmad Said Asbar, Arabic: علي أحمد سعيد إسبر (born 1930), also known by the pseudonym Adonis or Adunis (Arabic: أدونيس), is a Syrian poet and essayist who has made his career largely in Lebanon and France. He has written more than twenty books in his native Arabic.

Adonis is a pioneer of modern Arabic poetry. He is often seen as a rebel, an iconoclast who follows his own rules. "Arabic poetry is not the monolith this dominant critical view suggests, but is pluralistic, sometimes to the point of self-contradiction." Adonis was considered to be a candidate for the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, but the awards went to British playwright Harold Pinter, Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk and British novelist Doris Lessing. (Source: Wikipedia)

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