Monday, April 26, 2010

Certainly ambiguous ...

... Beastly Burden. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

... Martel allows the second Henry to do what the first Henry could not: to try to convince us that fable and fiction are legitimate ways to remember the Holocaust. Our response to Beatrice and Virgil is inevitably bound up with our response to this allegory—which ends up, deliberately or otherwise, refuting its own premise.

There would appear to be a typo in this article. Flaubert's story is titled "The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller," not "Hospitator."


  1. Dear Mr. Wilson,

    No, not a typo. Martel refers to the story by the title quoted in the article. Only one way in which the book was at once fascinating and unsuccessful.



  2. Thanks for pointing that out, Steven. Odd.