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Mourid Barghouti
مريد البرغوثي
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Born (1944-07-08)8 July 1944
Deir Ghassana, Mandatory Palestine
Died 14 February 2021 (aged 76)
Nationality Palestinian
Children Tamim Albarghouti

Mourid Barghouti (Arabic: مريد البرغوثي , Murīd al-Barghūthī; 8 July 1944 – 14 February 2021) was a Palestinian poet and writer.

Biography

Barghouti was born in Deir Ghassana, near Ramallah, on the West Bank, in 8 July 1944.He studied English literature at Cairo University, graduating in 1967.

The Oslo Accords finally allowed Barghouti to return to the West Bank, and in 1996 he returned to Ramallah after 30 years of exile. This event inspired his autobiographical novel Ra'aytu Ram Allah (I Saw Ramallah), published by Dar Al Hilal (Cairo, 1997), which won him the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in the same year. A second part of the novel entitled, "I Was Born There, I Was Born Here", was written when he and his son, Tamim, made a visit to Ramallah.

In an interview with Maya Jaggi in The Guardian, Barghouti was quoted as saying: "I learn from trees. Just as many fruits drop before they're ripe, when I write a poem I treat it with healthy cruelty, deleting images to take care of the right ones."

Barghouti died on 14 February 2021 aged 76.

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