In an impromptu press conference today at the headquarters of Gallimard, the most prestigious publishing house in 20th Century French literature, housed in a tiny enclave of left bank Paris, the author quoted numerous American contemporaries he esteems—chief among them Philip Roth. “American literature is atypical – unlike French literature it gives rise to all sorts of states, styles and authors who are distinct.”
I’m glad. I thought Engdhal’s comments were impetuous and full of hot air.
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