Revolt Against the Sun: The Selected Poetry of Nazik al-Mala'ikah Edited and Translated by Emily Drumstail
Revolt Against the Sun presents a selection of Nazik al-Malaʾika's poetry in English translation for the first time. Bringing together poems from each of her published collections, it traces al-Malaʾika's transformation from a lyrical Romantic poet in the 1940s to a fervently committed Arab nationalist in the 1970s and 1980s. The translations offer both an overview of her life and work and an insight into the political and social realities in the Arab world in the decades following the Second World War.
Featuring a comprehensive historical and critical introduction, this bilingual reader reveals this groundbreaking poet's role in transforming the landscape of modern Arabic literature and culture in the twentieth century. It is a key resource for students and teachers of Arabic and world literature, as well as for readers interested in discovering an alternative narrative of modern Iraqi culture.