IBNA- A collection of poems by noted Iraqi poet Adnan Al-Sayegh who had been condemned to death by the administration of the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been published in Persian.
The book which also features a detailed introduction on the life and literary career of Adnan Al-Sayegh has been translated from Arabic to Persian by Sa'eed Halichi and has been released by Fasl-e Panjom (The Fifth Chapter) Publishing.
Born 1955 in Al-Kufa, Iraq, Al-Sayegh is one of the most original voices from the generation of Iraqi poets known as the Eighties Movement. His poetry, crafted with elegance, and sharp as an arrowhead, carries an intense passion for freedom love and beauty. Adnan uses his words as a weapon to denounce the devastation of war and the horrors of dictatorship."
In 1993, his criticism of oppression and injustice led to his exile in Jordan and Lebanon. After being sentenced to death in Iraq in 1996, because of the publication of ‘Uruk's Anthem’, a long poem in which he gives voice to the profound despair of the Iraqi experience, he took refuge in Sweden. Since 2004, he has resided in London.
In the spring of 2006, al-Sayegh read his poems at the third Al-Marbed Poetry Festival in Basra, Iraq. The poems upset the intolerant armed militia and al-Sayegh was threatened with death and with having his tongue cut out. He was forced to leave Basra in haste and through Kuwait to return to his exile in London.
His poems have also been translated into English, Swedish, Spanish, French, German, Romanian, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch and Kurdish.