Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Short Takes on Books That Don't Exist

Hey, guys, check out Steve Hely's "Short Takes on Books That Don't Exist," which appeared in the June issue of The Believer. It's a mildly amusing critique of modern publishing, although my favorite has to be the following:

The Empty Staircase
by Omar Perus (translated by Richard Milner)

The late Ottoman Empire is the setting for this comedy of manners that follows the ever-failing efforts of a lecherous piano teacher to seduce his students. Perus, long-renowned in his native country, makes a riotous first entry into English through the deft hands of Milner, a scholar in residence at the Canadian Institute for Asia-Minor Studies.

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