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Humanist Archives: Dec. 6, 2019, 6:39 a.m. Humanist 33.461 - failure of another sort

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        Date: 2019-12-05 21:26:42+00:00
        From: Dr. Herbert Wender 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.458: failure of another sort

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  Date: 2019-12-05 00:33:49+00:00
  From: Francois Lachance 
  Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.455: failure of another sort

One further note on intentions. There is none expressed explicitly in the
text. But the author is quite clear in an interview.

A scan the WWW and one finds an interview. Note the characterization of
the passage as an "un-translation":

Maged Zaher:

So much hinges on this un-translation and its typeset — so much — I will
leave it at that


I'm happy to have asked for evidence "in the text or elsewhere", and now -
thanks for the clarification! - I see that there is evidently no evidence for
any of the hypotheses. But I take the author's silence about intentions as a
speaking one.

For everyone who knows the publishing business Alec McAllister's post with an
explanation of erratic effects in typesetting arabic text - and with impressive
examples - sounds very plausible. While the interview can be read as if Zefer
made an effort to grab for effect through enigmatic typesetting, the suspicion
of technical causes let me tend to assume that the poet's cryptic answer has to
be taken as ex post facto obfuscation which allowed him not to blame his

Kind regards, Herbert

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