Memory for Forgetfulness

Memory for Forgetfulness is a prose poem by Mahmoud Darwish, a Palestinian author. The poem deals exclusively with “Hiroshima Day” during the Lebanese Civil War and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Darwish uses symbolism of birth, death, coffee, and doves to discuss the fear of existence during the Lebanese civil war and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. In addition, the poem extensively uses the same symbols to discuss Darwish’s perception of the Palestinians’ loss of their homeland. The book represents this loss typographically through the breakdown of the text as the pages go on. The type disappears in the areas where land was lost.