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Daniel Mendelsohn: An Irresistible Critic (2015)

Daniel Mendelsohn: An Irresistible Critic (2015)

“Our most irresistible literary critic,” says The New York Times Book Review. Daniel Mendelsohn is an elegant stylistic polymath – a reviewer but also an essayist, memoirist, classicial scholar and translator of the Greek poet CP Cavafy. In his memoir The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million he excavates his family history; in his essay collection Waiting For The Barbarians he disses Mad Men as “melodrama rather than drama”. His new project is a literature-and-life book, recounting the year he spent reading The Odyssey with his late father and the revelations of that experience. He speaks with Ian Wedde.

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