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Wed, 22 Dec 2010 10:41:32 +0100

This is a somehow fascinating book, that had an great success when published. "Political interpretations" of this book exist and A. was exiled, like Andreyev and many others. But the characters are strongly constructed, the prose is excellent and the underlying reflexions hold still now. Two limits I found: the excess of landscape descriptions (where A. is a real master) and the urgency of creating a concluded sense within the limits of some hundred pages; in practice too many suicides. This… (more)