Flaubert Is the Center of the Universe, Apparently

Newly anointed Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa wrote a book-length study of Flaubert called The Perpetual Orgy. (Great title, huh?) He also based The Bad Girl on Madame Bovary.

Speaking of Bovary, Lydia Davis just completed a new translation; New York magazine has a great behind-the-scenes on the project. Oh, and The Paris Review published a few Davis stories written in Flaubert’s voice.

And then there’s today’s revelation in Galleycat that Marilyn Monroe kept Bovary on her bookshelf.

I fully expect to learn tomorrow that Liu Xiaobo’s only possession in his cell is an old Penguin Classics version of MB.

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