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On Commemoration

Global Reflections upon Remembering War

Edited By Catherine Gilbert, Kate McLoughlin and Niall Munro

How, in the twenty-first century, can we do commemoration better? In particular, how can commemoration contribute to post-war reconciliation and reconstruction? In this book, a global roster of distinguished writers, artists, musicians, religious leaders, military veterans and scholars debate these questions and ponder the future of commemoration. They include the world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz, the award-winning novelists Aminatta Forna and Rachel Seiffert, and the human rights lawyer and Gifford Baillie Prize-winner Philippe Sands. Polemics and reflections together with poetry and creative prose movingly illuminate a subject that speaks to our common humanity.

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ruba abughaida is a poet, writer and translator of Palestinian-Lebanese origin. Her work has appeared in several publications in North America, the UK and Lebanon. She published her first collection of poetry, Paths and Passageways, in 2019.

adnan al-sayegh was born in al-Kufa, Iraq, near the Euphrates River, and is one of the most original voices of the poets of the ‘Eighties Movement’. He has published twelve collections of poetry, including the book-length Uruk’s Anthem (Beirut, 1996), one of the longest ever written in Arabic literature (550 pages), which gives voice to the profound despair of the Iraqi experience. It took twelve years to write (1984–96). During eight years of that time, he was forced to fight in the Iran–Iraq War. He has won several international awards, including the Hellman-Hammet International Poetry Award, the Rotterdam International Poetry Award and the Swedish Writers Association Award. His poetry has been translated into eleven languages. Since 2004 he has lived in exile in London. His practice of opening but not closing brackets is a feature of his literary style in Arabic. His latest book in English and Arabic is Pages from the Biography of an Exile, translated by Stephen Watts and Marga Burgui-Artajo (Arc, 2016).

silke arnold-de simine is Reader in the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. In her monograph, Mediating Memory in the Museum. Trauma, Empathy, Nostalgia (2013), she probes the shifts in exhibiting practices associated with the transformation...

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