Dunya Mikhail - الحرب تعمل بجد
The original Arabic version of Dunya Mikhail's award-winning book, "The War Works Hard."
Mikhail’s poetic vision transcends cultural and linguistic boundaries with liberating compassion.
Revolutionary poetry by an exiled Iraqi woman. Winner of a 2004 PEN Translation Fund Award. "Yesterday I lost a country," Dunya Mikhail writes in The War Works Hard, a revolutionary work by an exiled Iraqi poether first to appear in English. Amidst the ongoing atrocities in Iraq, here is an important new voice that rescues the human spirit from the ruins, unmasking the official glorification of war with telegraphic lexical austerity. Embracing literary traditions from ancient Mesopotamian mythology to Biblical and Qur'anic parables to Western modernism, Mikhail's poetic vision transcends cultural and linguistic boundaries with liberating compassion.
About the Author: Dunya Mikhail is an Iraqi-American poet. Her latest poetry book In Her Feminine Sign (New Directions, 2019) was chosen by The New York Public Library as one of the ten best poetry books of 2019.