Translator's notes

Midnight (extract)

By Mourid Barghouti

These extracts are from a long poem in Arabic published in book form. Montasaf al Lail (Midnight) is Barghouti’s fourteenth poetry book. As in most of his poetry, he brings together the historical predicament of the Palestinian people and his own individual experience. At midnight, New Year’s Eve, the protagonist relives scenes of his life which conjure up voices, faces, images and memories.

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