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»The mystery of Dante’s Divine Comedy has little to do with the encoded games of hide-and-seek that Dan Brown plays with readers in his best-selling mystery thriller. It has to do instead with the poem’s staying power.«

Robert Pogue Harrison

The most vivid version: A worth reading essay by Robert Pogue Harrison about Dante and the The Divine Comedy. At The New York Review of Books.

»Here is the detective as sacrificial visionary. He has literally lost his own, personal life in the service of the impersonal quest for justice; this may seem to us, readers at a distance, a kind of madness.«

Joyce Carol Oates

Minimalism in fiction: Joyce Carol Oates on Derek Raymond and his two Factory novels He Died with His Eyes Open and I Was Dora Suarez. Her worth reading essay The Visionary Detective at The New York Review of Books.

»Of course, for hard-line deconstructionists, to read a man’s work through his biography is an intellectual error on a par with the “metaphysics of presence.”«

Emily Eakin

Emily Eakin reviews a new biography about Jacques Derrida. Derrida: A Biography by Benoît Peeters, tells the story of a Jewish boy from Algiers, excluded from school at the age of twelve, who went on to become the most widely translated French philosopher in the world. Read more at The New York Review of Books.