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Regards sur les poésies contemporaines des mondes arabes (1)

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Mohammed Al-Asaad is a Palestinian poet, nove­list and a lite­ra­ry cri­tic. He was born in Umm al-Zinat, a Palestinian vil­lage on the sou­thern slope of Mt. Carmel in 1944. On 15 May 1948, the vil­lage was atta­cked by a bri­gade of the pre-state Haganah Zionist figh­ting force. Umm al-Zinat’s people were expel­led and the vil­lage was demo­li­shed, as was the fate of hun­dreds of other Palestinian vil­lages and towns that were eth­ni­cal­ly clean­sed during the esta­blish­ment of what came to be known as the state of Israel. Along with his fami­ly and the sur­vi­ving inha­bi­tants of Umm al-Zinat, the young Al-As‘ad was dis­pla­ced to Jenin. In Jenin, the sta­tio­ned Iraqi army would trans­port the people of Umm al-Zinat to Iraq after its with­dra­wal from Palestine.

Al-As‘ad and his fami­ly lived as refu­gees in Iraq. He began wri­ting poe­try and lite­ra­ry cri­ti­cism during his time at the University of Baghdad, where he com­ple­ted his higher edu­ca­tion in 1967. Upon his gra­dua­tion, Al-As‘ad moved to Kuwait where he conti­nued his pro­fes­sio­nal life in the world of jour­na­lism and publi­shing.

His first col­lec­tion of poe­try Singing in Deep Vaults was publi­shed in Baghdad (1974) .He has publi­shed seven­teen col­lec­tions of poe­try, inclu­ding two volumes of col­lec­ted works which appea­red in Cairo in 2009 and 2011. His first work of lite­ra­ry cri­ti­cism An Essay on Poetic Language was publi­shed in Beirut (1980). He is also the author of a fur­ther two works of art and lite­ra­ry cri­ti­cism, Palestinian Art (1985) and In Search of Modernity (1986). His poe­try and lite­ra­ry cri­ti­cism has in the last three-decades appea­red in pres­ti­gious jour­nals like Al-Adab and al-Fikr al-‘Arabi al-Mu‘aser, among others, as well as in dai­ly news­pa­pers. His nume­rous stu­dies on orien­ta­lism and archaeo­lo­gy were col­lec­ted and publi­shed as Orientalists and Archaeology (Arab Scientific Publishers, 2010).

His first novel Children of the Dew was publi­shed in London (1990) and has since been trans­la­ted into French, Portuguese, Greek and Hebrew. It was recent­ly repu­bli­shed by Dar al-Feel in Jerusalem (2013). Six of his novels, inclu­ding Children of the Dew, The Refugee’s Text (1999), The Lover’s Garden (2001), The Tree of Pleasures (2004), Voices of Silence (2009) and Umm al-Zinat Under the Caroub Trees (2009), were publi­shed in two volumes of his col­lec­ted novels in Algiers (2009).

His recol­lec­tions on his life as a refu­gee in the form of a dia­logue with the Egyptian-Israeli his­to­rian Joseph Algazy edi­ted by Françoise Germain-Robin was publi­shed as Par-delà les murs : Un réfu­gié pales­ti­nien et un Israélien revi­sitent leur his­toire (Beyond the Walls : A Palestinian Refugee and an Israeli Revisit Their History) (Actes Sud, 2005).

He has also trans­la­ted into Arabic Arthur Miller’s After the Fall (1998), Kenneth Yasuda’s The Japanese Haiku (1999) and Italo Calvino’s Six Memos for the Next Millennium (1999).