Madame Bovary, C'est Toi!
Lydia Davis takes words very, very, very seriously—not unlike Flaubert's Emma Bovary
by Gustave Flaubert
translation by Lydia Davis
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The newest book by Lydia Davis happens to be Madame Bovary, which happens to have first been written by Gustave Flaubert, but still, since Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert has been thought about and written about at what one might call considerable length, and since Flaubert himself found saying things that had already been said, on purpose or accidentally, so anathema that he had to italicize most any commonplace—Lydia Davis has distinguished herself from most of her Bovary translating predecessors by maintaining the italics—and even wrote a satiric Dictionary of Received Ideas . . . because of all that, instead of talking about that book by Flaubert that has been discussed at considerable length, let us talk about a book that has been discussed merely quite a bit, which is the translation of Madame Bovary by
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