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170 x 109 mm, 64 pp
Bilingual, 2013/11
ISBN: 978-962-996-618-8

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The Theory of Absence 缺席理論
Dunya Mikhail 敦雅.米卡埃爾
International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong
The Chinese University Press

Following the convening of Hong Kong International Poetry Nights 2013, Islands or Continents is a collection of selected works by some of the most internationally acclaimed poets today. The poem of "The Theory of Absence" by Dunya Mikhail (Iraq) is finest contemporary poetry in trilingual or bilingual presentation.

敦雅. 米卡埃爾, 美籍伊拉克詩人,1965 年生於巴格達,90 年代中期離開伊拉克而遷至美國密西根州,曾任《巴格達觀察家報》記者, 作品風格「顛覆」,2011 年獲頒「聯合國創作自由人道獎」,伊利沙伯溫斯洛則以翻譯其詩作贏得「2004 美國筆會翻譯獎」。米卡埃爾的第一本英文詩集《戰爭勞苦功高》(New Directions , 2005; Carcanet , 2006) 入圍葛里芬獎, 同時獲紐約公共圖書館評為 2005 年25 大書籍之一, 並由伊蓮娜. 智娣翻譯成意大利文, 經Edizioni San Marco dei Giustiniani 出版( 2001)。她的《外海之浪的日記》(New Directions, 2009) 則獲得「2010阿拉伯美國書獎」, 最新詩作《伊拉克之夜》將於2014 年由New Directions 出版。


Dunya Mikhail, Iraqi-American poet, was born in Baghdad in 1965 and left Iraq to Michigan, USA in the mid-1990s. She has worked as a journalist for The Baghdad Observer and her work was found “subversive.” She was awarded the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing in 2001, and her translator, Elizabeth Winslow, won a 2004 Pen Translation Fund Award. Her first book in English, The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005; Carcanet, 2006), was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize and was named one of the twenty-five books to remember in 2005 by the New York Public Library. It was also translated into Italian by Elena Chiti and published by Edizioni San Marco dei Giustiniani (2011). Mikhail’s Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea (New Directions, 2009) won the 2010 Arab American Book Award. Her new poetry book The Iraqi Nights is coming from New Directions in 2014.

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