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Biaggio

Characters Stranger Than Fiction

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 06.17.2013 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

Who hasn't tossed out the adage "truth is stranger than fiction" after hearing some absurd but true tale? In fact, the saying has turned cliché from overuse. But when it comes to fiction writers, reanimating the lives of real people is a serious matter.

On Writing, Self-Reproach, and Modernity

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 06.06.2013 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

Márai's novel Embers is so touching that it should be widely known, and I, who pride myself on being familiar with such obscure gems as Zeno's Conscience and Wide Sargasso Sea, am puzzled and shaken by my failure to have previously unearthed it.