It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the launch of my book Gilgamesh’s Snake and other Poems, the winner of the 2015 University of Arkansas Award.
‘ The Epic of Gilgamesh forms the core field of refernce in Iskander’s own epic of exile and loss. There, among the great eternal symbols of lamentation and vain entreaty which are parts of troubled steam of the poem, we find perfectly contemporary pieces of debris such as ‘the old photograph album’ and ‘the sad bicycle’ …
The book is a majestic achievement for both poet and translator’.
Gorge Szirtes, winner of the 2004 T. S. Eliot Prize