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January 3 Hasek's Good Soldier Svejk [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1923 Jaroslav Hasek died. Hasek is described in unheroic terms by his biographers, and his bohemian-anarchist ways contributed to an early death - before he could finish the last volume of his antiwar satire, The Good Soldier Svejk, or hear it praised as "on a level with Cervantes and Rabelais."
January 2 Hardy, Casterbridge and Virginia Woolf [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1885 Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge began serialization. This was the first novel Hardy had written for weekly rather than monthly serialization; some early reviewers balked at its steady stream of drama and its "improbabilities of incident." When Virginia Woolf visited Hardy forty years later, shortly before his death, she told hm that she could not put his novel down.
January 1 Proust Meets Monty Python [premium membership required]
  On or about this day in 1909 Marcel Proust dipped his madeleine in tea and tumbled into the childhood memory that triggered the seven-volume, fourteen-year, Remembrance of Things Past (or, as many now prefer, In Search of Lost Time). Those who have read it, or who want an alternative to doing so, might try Monty Python's fifteen-second, Summarize Proust Competition....

January 19, 2018
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