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Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac "Gaarriye"

Biography and Poems

edited by Jama Musse Jama

Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac “Gaarriye” (1951-2012) was a well-known Somali speaking contemporary poet. Originally from Hargeysa, Somaliland he was among many of his contemporaries living in Mogadishu in the 1970s, and whose works are credited with having great influence upon the prevalent sociopolitical situation in the country today. Thoughy largely motivated and moved by patriotic sentiments they were also sympathetic to the leftist political movements which were internationally popular in that era. Many themes such as an indefatigable advocacy of human rights, freedom of thought and expression, and a vehement hatred of all forms of human degradation were so brilliantly articulated in his poetry.

In this volume, alongside biography material, is a selection of some of Gaarriye's most lauded poetry, such as his master pieces on ‘Nuclear Weapons’, ‘Nelson Mandela’, ‘Watergate’ and ‘Zimbabwe’. This book is the fifth in the “Iswaydaarsi” (Exchange) series which aspires to translate Somali literature and wisdom into other languages, and at the same time providing specific knowledge of international classical literature to the Somali speaking readership.

ISBN 9788888934334 | 128 pages | 210 x 140 mm | 2012 | Ponte Invisible (Redsea Cultural Foundation) , Somaliland | Paperback

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