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A WINTER'S JOURNAL by Emmanuel Bove

A WINTER'S JOURNAL

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Pub Date: April 1st, 1998
Publisher: Marlboro/Northwestern Univ.

An accomplished, if slightly monotonous, portrayal of a self-justifying bourgeois who never understands how he mistreats his long-suffering wife, written in 1931 by the obscure French novelist (1898-1945), whose tautly controlled fiction has been credited as a major influence on Beckett. In fact, Keith Botsford's irascible 50-page Afterword, which makes the case for Bove as ""a writer for true readers,"" is considerably more interesting than Bove's rather hermetic novel.