Writing about place

I’m going to be joining a group of editors, translators and academics to discuss the importance of place in literature. According to the blurb for the panel, places are important in how we define ourselves; how we represent places in literature reflects how we project our identities and allegiances.

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The Black Count

The Black Count is an exceptionally good book – and a biography about a man whose story resonates today. Tom Reiss spent a decade digging through original, hard-to-find source material to tell the story of General Alex Dumas, the father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas (who, confusingly, is often referred to as Alexandre Dumas, pere, in order to distinguish him from his son, the general’s grandson, also Alexandre, fils, a playwright).

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