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Alphabets of Sand

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Alphabets of Sand

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Alphabets of Sand by Venus Khoury-Ghata
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Translated by notable American poet Marilyn Hacker, Lebanese-French poet and novelist Venus Khoury-Ghata explores the formal and mythic attractions, congruencies and incompatibilities of the French and Arabic imaginations and poetic traditions in poems that open like a suitcase filled with alphabets. Sex, barrenness, exile, grief, and death - the backdrop of a war-ravaged country - are always at the edges, made increasingly urgent in lines varying from sinuous length to jagged and spare, their music unfettered, their metaphors lively, multilayered and unpredictable. But humour, the demotic voice, the storyteller's enchantments and an anecdotal sense of quotidian life are also omnipresent. Khoury-Ghata's is a vital voice in French and Francophone literature.
Release date Australia
May 29th, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Carcanet Press Ltd
Pages
88
ISBN-13
9781857549775
Product ID
3037247

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