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Lyrik, Dramatik, Essays
Kahlil Gibrans message is full of light, cogency and hope, his parables speak the language of love and truth
The book of Kahlil Gibran is a phenomenon. Generation by generation has discovered it for themselves to find what they want to be. It is full of poetry and of an universal truth that reaches people of all ages and all religions. The Prophet Almustafa speaks in 26 speeches to the people of Orphalese. He speaks of love, marriage, children, of giving and receiving, of joy and sorrow, crime and punishment, pain, self-knowledge, friendship, good and evil, beauty, religion and death.
"Such books and such men are our surety that humanity, despite the fearful dissipation of its incalculable energies and resources, is not yet bankrupt." (Mikhail Naimy)
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Khalil Gibran was born in the town of Bsharri in the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Empire. As a young man Khalil emigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero.
He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi.