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Treason

Treason

By Hédi Kaddour

Translated by Marilyn Hacker

Yale University Press, 192pp Hardback ISBN 100300149581
Series 3 Number 16 - The Dialect of the Tribe

Review by Delphine Grass

Marilyn Hacker points out in her introduction to her translation of Hédi Kaddour’s poems that ‘Kaddour makes a surprisingly sharp differentiation between his own urban “sonnets” and Baudelaire’s’. Treason, her English translations of Kaddour’s poems, are taken from three different poetry collections of this author published by Gallimard between 1989 an...

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The University of Chicago Press, 20009, 978-0-226-69889-2, £31.00

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