Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:56:00 am
HHhH author Laurent Binet.
Following the controversy surrounding a Gunther Grass poem that criticizes Israel, Dave Eggers says that he will not attend a ceremony in Bremen, Germany, to accept an award from the Gunter Grass Foundation.
In 2006, Laurent Binet was horrified to learn that another author had published a novel perilously similar (in content, if not in style) to the one he was working on. Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones was a sprawling Holocaust novel featuring many of the same Nazi SS officers and administrators that would end up in Binet’s novel-in-progress. To address the overlap, Binet, “began to interpolate passages covering, in real-time, his reading of The Kindly Ones and his fears about what it meant for his book” in his own book, HHhH, which went on to win France’s Prix Goncourt in 2010. These passages were redacted
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