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4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly a bad translation, 28 July 2004
This review is from: Mythologies (Vintage classics) (Paperback)
I enjoyed the general thrust of the book, a series of essays on various aspects of modern (in the mid 1950's)life. But I have a problem with either the writing or translation, the word "Antiphrastically" appeared too many times than is sensible or natural in any written work.
Either M. Barthes is insanely pretentious, or his translator is. I consider myself a reasonably intelligent reader, and I had my dictionary out at least once an essay to decipher what he'd said. Bad writing, in essence, makes for hard reading.
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