“Great Man, Finish ‘Les Misérables’”: David Bellos’s “The Novel of the Century”

A friend who visited Hugo in his home on the Channel Island of Jersey once presented him with a three-legged table that enabled the author to establish contact with his eminent predecessors, such as Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare; the table’s legs would tap-tap-tap out the departed writers’ answers to Hugo’s questions. The prostitute Fantine works

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Up from the Gutter: A Memoir by Joe Orton’s Sister

Fay in Loot proves to be a cold, unfeeling, calculating female too. However, I don’t think he would have made this public knowledge. Orton had risen from a “gutter” in Leicester to become one of the most celebrated and controversial playwrights of the Swinging ’60s. Her behavior was disheartening to Leonie. Leonie describes herself at

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The Shipwreck of History: Bertolt Brecht’s “War Primer”

Yet War Primer suffers from the same formal problem as Brecht’s other great works: it is too aesthetically interesting to be genuinely alienating, and too broadly didactic to be truly convincing as critique. After a few minor changes, and despite the continued resistance of government censors, War Primer was finally published in December 1955 by

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Sunday Submissions: ‘Bosphorus Review of Books’

You can email them at bosphorusreview@gmail.com, find their website at www.bosphorusreview.com,   and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bosphorusreview. The journal thrives on offering variety: from expat lit to lit in translation; from science fiction to free verse poetry; from realism to classic forms. For the full submissions guidelines and previous editions, please visit http://www.bosphorusreview.com. The deadline

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