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Devils v. Dummies

Tim Parks: George Sand, 23 May 2019

La Petite Fadette 
by George Sand, translated by Gretchen vanSlyke.
Pennsylvania State, 192 pp., £14.95, November 2017, 978 0 271 07937 0
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George Sand 
by Martine Reid, translated by Gretchen vanSlyke.
Pennsylvania State, 280 pp., £21.95, May 2019, 978 0 271 08106 9
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... the most representative is La Petite Fadette, which recently appeared in a new translation by Gretchen vanSlyke, who also translated Reid’s biography. Let’s return to the moment when Landry, unable to find his morose twin brother Sylvinet, is ready to drown himself in the river. At this point Fadette, a waif ...

Twenty Kicks in the Backside

Tom Stammers: Rosa Bonheur’s Flock, 5 November 2020

Art Is a Tyrant: The Unconventional Life of Rosa Bonheur 
by Catherine Hewitt.
Icon, 483 pp., £20, February, 978 1 78578 621 1
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... where Bonheur narrates her life in her own words. (The long overdue English translation, by Gretchen vanSlyke, was rightly described as an ‘[auto]biography’ when it was published in 1997.) Bonheur was determined to give recognition to her mother: ‘Everything good and beautiful I’ve done during my 76 ...

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