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Why the Tortoise Lost

John Sturrock, 18 September 1997

Bergson: Biographie 
by Philippe Soulez and Frédéric Worms.
Flammarion, 386 pp., frs 140, April 1997, 9782080666697
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... not go with them. He was left behind in Paris, for good, and for reasons that Philippe Soulez and Frédéric Worms do strangely little to explain, beyond speculating that a boy who had already given proof of being exceptionally intelligent was cast adrift as a hostage to the future, with the dynastic responsibility of making good in the place where his ...

Heil Putain!

Lorna Scott Fox: Lydie Salvayre, 26 January 2006

The Company of Ghosts 
by Lydie Salvayre, translated by Christopher Woodall.
Dalkey Archive, 184 pp., £7.99, January 2006, 1 56478 350 2
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... to Buñuel. The name Salvayre – a pseudonym – can be heard as sales vers or ‘bloody worms’: a voluptuous tribute to corruption and a celebration of truth through decomposition. One might also hear in it a defiant ‘dirty poetry’, and the Spanish verb salvar, to save. For Salvayre is a writer with a mission. A fan-site describes her as the ...

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