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A three-in-one review. This novel, alongside the two others recently read, In a Hotel Garden and Conversations in Another Room, exhaust Josipovici’s use of the novel-of-dialogue technique, caulked with assisting prose whenever required. Writers like Manuel Puig and Ariel Dorfman also explored this Barthesian notion in the 1980s, punching against the intrusive narrator and allowing the reader to ‘construct’ the novel alongside the writer—a technique that makes for ‘pageturning’ works that spit on...more
Gabriel Josipovici was born in Nice in 1940 of Russo-Italian, Romano-Levantine parents. He lived in Egypt from 1945 to 1956, when he came to Britain. He read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating with a First in 1961. From 1963 to 1998 he taught at the University of Sussex. He is the author of seventeen novels, three volumes of short stories, eight critical works, and numerous stage and ra...moreMore about Gabriel Josipovici...