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Alphabets of Sand

Alphabets of Sand

By Vénus Khoury-Ghata

Translated by Marilyn Hacker

Carcanet Press, 232pp, paperback, £12.95, ISBN 978 1 85754 977 5
Series 3 No. 13 - Transplants

Review by Rowyda Amin

Although Alphabets of Sand draws together work from three previous collections by the French-Lebanese writer Vénus Khoury-Ghata, the style of the poems, which are all free verse narratives predominantly in long, loose lines, and the thematic preoccupations which are developed throughout this collection are consistent enough that the poems sit toge...

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