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A Suspect in the Eyes of Super-Patriots

Charles Simic: Vasko Popa, 18 March 1999

Collected Poems of Vasko Popa 
translated by Anne Pennington.
Anvil, 464 pp., £12.95, January 1998, 0 85646 268 3
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... As a translator of Popa myself, I can vouch for the fact that this is a very tricky business. Anne Pennington wisely observes that whereas ‘English literary usage is too far removed from our folk tradition to mingle with it happily, literary Serbo-Croat was founded as recently as the early 19th century and was firmly based on the spoken language ...
... be on their minds too. It would be nice if it did exist. It would be nice if they believed it did. Anne Enright Some​ friendships have curdled. There’s a new taboo at dinner parties; certain topics are best avoided until you can be sure that the whole table belongs to the same camp. ‘Is it like Northern Ireland without the bombs?’ a visiting professor ...

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