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Nation of Mutes

Tony Wood: Marquis de Custine

24 August 2000
A Taste for Freedom: The Life of Astolphe de Custine 
by Anka Muhlstein, translated by Teresa Waugh.
Helen Marx, 393 pp., $16.95, November 1999, 1 885983 41 7
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... two novels and a play – was received with indifference or outright hostility, and has since disappeared from view. In A Taste for Freedom, an amiable if unsophisticated account of his life, AnkaMuhlstein presents Custine as very much a child of his time: ‘Marked as he was by tragedy, violence, sublime moments, family ruin, crumbling châteaux and sensitivity to the natural world, Astolphe was the ...

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