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In 1996, award-winning Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti returned to his home for the first time since his exile - first in Egypt, then in Hungary - following the Six-Day War in 1967, and wrote I Saw Ramallah, a poignant and acclaimed memoir of the exile's lot. A few years later, he returned to the Occupied Territories to introduce his Cairo-born son, Tamim, to his Palestinian family. Soon after returning to Egypt, Tamim was arrested for taking part in a demonstration against the impending Iraq War, and ironically was held not only in the same Cairo prison his father had occupied before being expelled from Egypt when Tamim was a baby, but in the very same cell. Tamim then felt the same sting of exile as he was banished from Egypt.
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"Barghouti vividly describes the Palestinian sense of 'invisibility' juxtaposed with Israeli aggression to portray an untenable yet fiercely ongoing state of flux and conflict." - Publishers Weekly
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Mourid Barghouti was born in 1944 near Ramallah. He has published thirteen books of poetry in Arabic including a Collected Works (1997) and received the Palestine Award for Poetry in 2000. A selection of his poetry, Midnight and Other Poems, was published in English in 2008. He lives in Cairo with his wife, the novelist and critic Radwa Ashour. Visit him online at www.mouridbarghouti.net.
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