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The Fighter: Literary Essays by Tim Parks
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The Fighter: Literary Essays

by Tim Parks

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Eclectic range of essays which although clearly journalism are still interesting. Says quality of narrative fiction is "we can take pleasure in confronting all that in the normal way provokes the greatest unease".
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Twenty two essays that appeared primarily in the New York Review from 1996 to 2007 with an emphasis upon European writers, and a concentration upon Italian writing and politics. CONTENTS: The fighter: D H Lawrence; Gardens and graveyards: Giorgio Bassani; After the struggle: Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky; The illusionist: Benito Mussolini; Fear is the key: Thomas Hardy; The disenchantment of translation; Still stirring: Samuel Beckett; Genius of bad news: Thomas Bernhard; Let sleeping beauties lie: Elfriede Jelinek; A polished pessimism: Emil Cioran; True scandal: Niccolo Machiavelli; A model anomaly; Mad at the Medici: Lorenzo de' Medici; Love letter: Fleur Jaeggy; Tales told by a computer: Hypertext; Real dreams: Emile Zola; A matter of love and hate: World Cup football; Hero betrayed: Giuseppe Garibaldi; Siege of the Serenissima: 1848; The superman's virgins: Gabriele D'Annunzio; A pagan in Italy: Lawrence and Italy.
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