Al-Rasa’il – The Letters

Thursday | 11.03.21 | 18:00

The Maktoob Project is proud to invite you to the Online launch of the book by

Mahmoud Darwish and Samih al-Qasim

Translated from the Arabic by: Hannah Amit-Kochavi

The translation and editing team: Eyad Barghuthy, Raef Zreik, Tami Israeli, Rotem Raz

(The Maktoob Series, Yedioth Books, and The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute)

Al-Rasaʾil – The Letters, the epistolary novel by the Palestinian poets Mahmoud Darwish and Samih al-Qasim, is a fascinating and self-aware document. Through the letters, which have become an inalienable asset of modern Arabic literature and poetics, the two wonder what point there is in the exchange of letters between two poets.


Chair: Eyad Barghuthy associate editor, The Maktoob Series, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Greetings: Prof. Yehouda Shenhav-Shahrabani, editor-in-chief, The Maktoob Series, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Opening remarks: Wattan il-Qasim, speaking for the family of the late poet Samih al-Qasim


Dr. Hannah Amit-Kochavi, winner of the 2019 Emet Prize for translation of poetry and prose

Dr. Raef Zreik, jurist and scholar, Tel Aviv University and The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Ronny Someck, poet

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