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War Songs has “an unmistakable voice… What is perhaps most beautiful about War Songs is how ‘Antarah hints at tenderness beneath the violence, defending slaughter for a cause and remaining faithful to tribe and family, even in the face of death.”
Just published in English-only paperback with a new foreword by Terence Cave, The Life and Times of Abu Tammam paints a lively picture of literary life in Abbasid Baghdad, while offering a spirited defense of one of Arabic’s most controversial poets.See all our English-only paperbacks
In an interview that took place in New York City just after the September 21 launch of War Songs, translator James E. Montgomery and ArabLit editor M. Lynx Qualey talked about the genres inhabited by the seminal pre-Islamic poet ‘Antarah ibn Shaddad; how his cousin ‘Ablah may not have been a symbol of Love, but of Death; and how all warriors might not have been poets, but all poets were warriors.Read the interview here.
In this interview with M. Lynx Qualey of ArabLit, Marcel Kurpershoek, editor-translator of ‘Abdallah ibn Sbayyil’s Arabian Romantic: Poems on Bedouin Life and Love, discusses why he calls the poetry “romantic” and explains how the survival of this type of poetry “hangs by a very thin, tenuous thread.”Read the interview here.
In the Media
Al-Ahram Weekly recently published an in-depth interview with LAL editors Philip Kennedy, James Montgomery, Shawkat Toorawa, and Chip Rossetti.Read more