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Landolfi, who is thus far represented in English by only one volume, a selection
of nine of his short stories, entitled Gogol's Wife and Other Stories, is a very ... In
such writing, the act of relating a story is seen primarily as an act of intelligence.
The story of the theft of 1,000 francs which Nana relates to the police inspector in
Episode IV. (We learn ... Yvette's story—how she was abandoned by Raymond
two years ago—and Nana's speech in reply (“I am responsible”) in Episode VI.
This is exactly the point of many new novels coming out of France today—to
suppress the story, in its traditional psychological or social meaning, in favor of a
formal exploration of the structure of an emotion or event. Thus, the real concern
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AGAINST INTERPRETATION: And Other EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review