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Tag Archives: Patrick Modiano

Proust, Einstein and the modern European novel

In the hundred years or so since Marcel Proust wrote A la recherche du temps perdu, Time has become one of the dominant themes of European literature. Patrick Modiano, W.G.Sebald, … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

The literary case for Britain to stay in the EU

There is nothing in the founding documents of the European Union about ever closer literary union. But if there were, even if that were the only kind of union proposed, … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · 3 Comments

A Reader’s Diary, 25 February 2015

Reading G.K.Chesterton is like looking through a stained glass window. You can’t, you can only look at it. The book in question being The Innocence of Father Brown, one sentence … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Reader’s Diary, 22 October 2014

The Nobel Prize for Literature caused less of a stir in England this year, when it was awarded to French novelist, Patrick Modiano, than it did last year, when it … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment