Monsieur Linh and his Child

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Parfums by Philippe Claudel (transl. Euan Cameron): An unusual, beautifully written memoir

I’ll read anything by Philippe Claudel. His prose has a lovely, elegant expressiveness to it, trimmed of the flourishes and curlicues that some writers indulge in. All four of his novels are very different, from the dystopian The Investigation to Monsieur Linh and his Child, one of the most heart-wrenching novels I’ve ever read. He’s …

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