Marcela Sulak (translator) - TWENTY GIRLS TO ENVY ME

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 7:00pm
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Twenty Girls to Envy Me: Selected Poems of Orit Gidali (Cmes Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477309575
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University - July 12th, 2016

This English-Hebrew book features three dozen poems by the extraordinary Israeli writer Orit Gidali (b. 1974), a unique voice among her contemporaries. Gidali's work appears to focus on the domestic, but for her, the domestic sphere is the stage on which the drama of the geopolitical is reworked on an individual scale. The domestic is always inhabited by the Other, who in these deeply personal poems appears in various guises: a Palestinian mother, biblical figures, the poet's own deceased mother, and her husband's first wife. Gidali creates a space in her world to imaginatively reconfigure the current political impasses of the region through a focus on relationship and openness.

Gidali's poems, beautifully captured in English by Marcela Sulak, present a world beset by danger and uncertainty, yet they nonetheless cry out for community, connection, cooperation, and coexistence.