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Posts added in August 2009

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita was finished in its present form by the middle of 1938. The author died in 1940 and the novel was effectively suppressed until 1973.
It is a strange, surreal novel, heavily influenced by Gogol, which traces the events let loose when the Devil himself alights on Moscow.

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates

He writes like this: For a little while when Walter Henderson was nine years old he thought falling dead was the very zenith of romance, and so did a number of his friends. Having found that the only truly rewarding part of any cops-and-robbers game was the moment when you pretended to be shot, clutched […]

The Sins of Father Knox

Ronald A. Knox (1888-1957) was a British clergyman and detective story writer. In 1929 he issued the following “ten rules” that guided detective fiction in its so-called Golden Age: 1. The criminal must be someone mentioned in the early part of the story, but must not be anyone whose thoughts the reader has been allowed […]