Ghayath Almadhoun

Ypres

Ghayath Almadhoun about Ypres

Schizophrenia

شيزوفرينيا

YPRES In the city of Ypres, set amid Flanders fields as a middle finger raised against the world sits at a pa...

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Antwerp

Ghayath Almadhoun about Antwerp

The Capital

العاصمة

- What’s the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo?  - Antwerp In this city that is nourished on...

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Poet Ghayath Almadhoun (Syria, 1979) is part of a generation of young, engaged authors. He was born in a refugee camp in Damascus, the child of a Palestinian father and a Syrian mother. He studied Arabic literature at the University of Damascus and made his debut in 2004 with the collection Qasaed sakatat sahwan (Unintentional poems). Together with the Syrian poet Lukman Derky he set up The House of Poetry in 2006. In 2008 he moved to Stockholm, where he sought political asylum. In Sweden he published another two poetry collections, of which the second, Till Damaskus, he wrote with the Swedish poet Marie Silkeberg. With Silkeberg, he also made a number of poetry films on topics including the bomb attacks in the Gaza strip. In recent years, Almadhoun’s poems have been translated into a variety of languages. In his poems he describes the experiences of asylum seekers, homesickness for a homeland, and the guilt of a young intellectual who has abandoned his native country. In 2012 he was awarded the Klas de Vylders prize by the Swedish Writers Union. His most recent collection, La astatee alhoudour (I Cannot Be Present), was published in 2014.

Ghayath Almadhoun wrote a city portrait about Ypres in the spring of 2015. In the winter of 2015 he wrote another city portrait, this time a citybook about Antwerp.