Les Miserables

Les Miserables

The cottage industry of ‘Les Mis’ has gradually occluded Victor Hugo’s mammoth opus in much the same way as an encrustacean of barnacles cloak a ship’s hull. Over 50 years of dreaming a dream and singing the song of angry men has rendered the tale culturally wan, reduced to the...

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The Idiot at the Coronet

The Idiot at the Coronet

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot was published in 1864 and is frequently held up as one of the artistic high points of the Russian literary boom of the 19th century.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I have not read The Idiot, so I deemed it...

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