A new genre?

James Wood (who’s still furiously engaged in debate at The Reading Experience) calls Leonid Tsypkin’s Summer in Baden Baden “an amazing and beautiful little book that effectively invents its own genre: the biographical-critical novel.” The novel’s narrator is a Russian intellectual obsessed with “every aspect of Dostoevsky’s work and life.”


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