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A Man Who Knows

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Maurice Lesca, the sour hero of A Man Who Knows, is fifty-seven - older than Bove's other protagonists, not much wiser, no less painfully comical in his failures and confusions. Though he is well educated, financial and amorous miscalculations have leveled him. A failed doctor, he lives in poverty with his widowed sister, whom he sees only at mealtime. Kept afloat by odd ...more
Hardcover, 135 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Carcanet Press (first published 1986)
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Jun 30, 2012 Stephen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It might be hyperbolic to claim that it's heroic to read Bove, but damn if his pathetic characters don't cast a cruel light on a reader's weaknesses.
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Maurice Lesca is a divorced non-practicing physician in his late 50s who lives with his sister Emily. The two siblings were close while growing up, but later grew apart mostly due to Lesca’s petty nature; she later came to live with him in the wake of her own divorce. To say that they now have a relationship would be overstating it. They exist in the same living quarters, each of them consumed by their own concerns. Lesca is a deeply anxious individual who overthinks everything to extreme propor
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Emmanuel Bove, born in Paris as Emmanuel Bobovnikoff, died in his native city on Friday 13 July 1945, the night on which all of France prepared for the large-scale celebration of the first 'quatorze juillet' since World War II. He would probably have taken no part in the festivities. Bove was known as a man of few words, a shy and discreet observer. His novels and novellas were populated by ...more
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