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Explorations

Lolita Vladimir Nabokov Explorations

“Lolita was rejected by four American publishers in 1954; published in Paris by The Olympia Press, September 1955; banned by the French government, December 1956; found “not objectionable” by U. S. Customs, February 1957; back […]

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Fiction

Beneath the Surface Heidi Perks Review

Heidi Perks excels at writing page-turners, unravelling the darker side of family secrets, mystery and intrigue. Abigail, a pretty, rebellious seventeen year old, gets home from school to find her family gone. Her toddler twin […]

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Fiction

The Book of the Sultan’s Seal, Youssef Rakha Review

Youssef Rakha explores a man’s “transformation during twenty-one days from a Europeanized intellectual to a semi-madman who believed he could perform magic deeds to resurrect the Islamic caliphate” is a very readable feast — taking […]

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Fiction

Patrick Modiano: public novelist, private man Spotlight

Patrick Modiano is a private man who remains aloof from the Parisian literati; a refreshing antithesis to the self-promoting writer blasting forth at every opportunity. “Writing is a strange and solitary activity. There are dispiriting […]