Songs from Two Continents

Songs from Two Continents


9780863564086 March 2011 Paperback 112pp

About the Book

Songs from Two Continents is a paean on ‘dualities’. Here, Europe and Asia entwine, life and death stalk each other, nationalities fuse and Good and Evil wrestle relentlessly to give meaning to existence.

Like such pathfinders as Nazım Hikmet and Orhan Veli before him, Moris Farhi adheres to the ethos of Turkish folk poetry – that poetry should be the pure distillation of emotions. From carnal desire to tender love, from rapture to sorrow and from mysticism to mundanity, he endeavours to expose, in the raw, the essence of our sensibilities.

Imbued with the Levantine spirit, Moris Farhi enquires into such themes with his irrepressible sensual verve and passionate intelligence – whether in maturity or in the rambunctious years of youth.

About the Author

Moris Farhi (1935–2019) was a writer and international human rights campaigner. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vice-President of PEN International, he was appointed an MBE in 2001 for services to literature. His publications include four novels, Children of the Rainbow, Journey through the Wilderness, Young Turk and A Designated Man, and one poetry collection, Songs from Two Continents.


‘Farhi has an unbeatable and enthralling human touch which gives the glow of life to all he writes.’
Alan Sillitoe

‘A powerful and eloquent writer’
London Magazine