or The Sexual Intellectual
by Alexander Theroux
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Alexander Theroux once declared revenge the “single most informing element of great world literature,” transcending even “love and war, with which themes . . . it has more than passing acquaintance.” Revenge, Theroux suggests, also drives authors to create. George Orwell, he points out, figured the “desire . . . to get your own back on grownups who snubbed you in childhood” to be among one’s first motivations for writing.
Theroux’s novels are close cousins to Jacobean revenge plays: No plan unfolds without dire consequences. Yet they’re also meditations on how anger consumes us, and they’re steeped in the classics— Rabelais, Montaigne, and Juvenal (whose satires excoriated vice and corruption in the Roman Empire) are Theroux’s allies— and wrought in a style favoring the artful curlicue and fascinating
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