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Adonis

Adonis

Adonis (né Ali Ahmad Said Esber) was born in Syria in 1930. As poet, critic, translator and essayist Adonis has published dozens of volumes, including the pioneering An Introduction to Arab Poetics and a multivolume anthology of Arabic poetry (Diwan al-shi’r al-arabi) that covers almost two millennia of verse and has been in print since its publication in 1964. In the Violence and Islam (2016) Adonis argues that recent events in the Middle East - from the failures of the Arab Spring to the rise of ISIS and the bloody war in Syria - attest to the destructive effects of an Islamic worldview that prohibits any notion of plurality and breeds violence. Adonis is a perennial Nobel shortlister and the winner of the Bjørnson Prize, the first International Nzim Hikmet Poetry Award, and Syria-Lebanon Best Poet Award. In August 2011 Adonis became the first Arab writer to win Germany’s prestigious Goethe Prize.

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