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Author, Arabic
Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said Esber) was born in 1930 in the village of Qassabin in Syria. The Arab world’s senior leading poet, he has produced some of the most innovative poetry in Arabic to draw on both classical Arabic literature and avant-garde Western politics. He has published more than two dozen books of poetry and several seminal and highly controversial books of cultural criticism centered on poetics. He was the inaugural recipient of the International Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award in 1995 and won the Goethe Prize in 2011, to name a couple of his recognitions in the literary world. (Photo credit: Albertine)