The Clown

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This fine book available from Melville House in December.

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Congratulations, Scott! “The Clown” is one of my favorite books. I’m shocked that Penguin let all of their Boll titles go out of print but am relieved that Melville picked them up (and is producing some new translations as well).

Copy arrived today (along with “Billiards”).

Hurrah, my all-time favourite novel and a Boll I haven’t yet gotten to, in lovely new editions.

Looks great.

First page of “The Clown”, copy editing error: “somwhere” rather than “somewhere”.

Flip to afterword – Esposito refers to main character as “Schneider”. Meanwhile, book and every reference to character in book that I can find has him as “Schnier”.

What gives ?

Shame I’ve lost my old Penguin copy.


The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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