Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tryst and Shoot

The NYTimes reviews Jean-Phillipe Toussaint's Camera.

"That 'Camera' should have waited 20 years to find an English-language publisher is scandalous. That the wonderful Dalkey Archive has taken on the task is unsurprising. While Toussaint’s long, chatty sentences sometimes trick the translator Matthew B. Smith into losing his syntactical thread, this version admirably renders the frankness that makes Toussaint so alluring."

It is refreshing to read a review of a novella that doesn't mention "novella" or any of the other slim gem words.