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With great sadness we report that Bassam Hajja died of cancer on 17 February, 2009. Born in Sûr (Tyre), Lebanon, he became a philosopher and a poet – with a Diploma of Advanced Study in Philosophy from the Sorbonne. Bassam Hajjar worked as cultural editor on the Lebanese daily newspapers An-Nahar and Al-Safir and later for Al-Mustaqbal in Beirut. Since 1980 he published ten collections of poetry. He was also a prolific translator from the French of novels, poetry collections and books of philosophy and literary criticism.