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Book Title: L'affaire D., ou, Le crime du faux vagabond|
Format files: PDF
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v The author of the book: Charles Dickens
Date of issue: June 16th 1995
ISBN 13: 9782020255820
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Read full description of the books L'affaire D., ou, Le crime du faux vagabond:“Yes, reader! Thanks to the initiative and ingenuity of Japanese industry, all or nearly all the world's best-known investigators are here assembled-masters of intuition and deduction, experts in strange coincidences and suspicious omissions, supreme solvers of riddles!”
And I had half a mind to to end my review here, because you shouldn't need to know much else. All the most renowned literary detectives of all times are reunited in Rome by the Japanese sponsor of a "programme of integrative restorations" to plan the completion of six famous unfinished artistic works, such as Schubert's Symphony n. 8, Livy's Ab Urbe Condita, Poe's The Narrative of A. G. Pym and the object of our present concern, Charles Dickens's last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, cut short by the death of the English author.
This translates, my dear reader, into a book that features both Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot (and John Watson and Arthur Hastings and Superintendent Battle and Father Brown and Jules Maigret and Auguste Dupin and Sergeant Cuff and Porfiry Petrovich and Inspector Bucket and Philip Marlowe and Lew Archer and Nero Wolfe and John Thorndyke... you get the idea) in the same book, with a pinch of Dickens too. (And it turns out there's a lot of Shakespeare as well. And of Wilkie Collins too.)
You see why, when my professor happened to inform the class of the existence of this book, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. This is truly the novel I never knew I needed. And I am so grateful for its existence, I can't even begin to explain.
•Fruttero & Lucentini were two exceptional writers and scholars. Not only is this book a careful analysis of the MED (more on this later) for investigative purposes, it also provides a number of curious and delicious literary facts regarding the author, the MED, its intertextual network and the circumstances of its composition, and it masterfully intertwines them to breathe life into an exquisite, inspired work of metafiction. The D Case, in short, is a hidden pearl for fanatics like me.
And speaking of fanatics...“Who were these trouble-makers being kept under the uncertain rein of a few puzzled policemen? The papers this morning describe them as Byronic integralists and fanatical Mitteleuropeans, all demonstrating with loudspeakers, banners, leaflets, and even bonfires, against the exclusion of their favourite works from the convention. «COMPLETE DON JUAN!» the banners read; «HOW DOES THE MAN WITHOUT QUALITIES END?»; «FINISH AMERIKA!» There was no violence, although a group of Kafkian extremists did try -without success- to break into the U&O via a service door.”
•In The D Case, "the chapters of The Mystery of Edwin Drood are presented in the frame of this story as being read to those in attendance of this seminar" (I took this bit from Wikipedia because I had no idea how to explain it clearly), which means that I also got to read Dickens's incomplete novel, for which, possibly, I'm even grateful. I had read other unfinished works before this one, but none had ever made on me such an impression as Edwin Drood did. And I think it is precisely its uncompleted-ness that renders it as magical as it is, as eerie as it is, as spellbinding as it is.
•To be fair, The D Case, as you may have guessed, conquered its five stars almost by default, because it knew the way to Simona's heart is through her literary idols. And how could Simona not melt and fall to her knees, then, when the final the dénouement (which may not concern exactly what you expect it to...) is delivered by none other that her beloved Hercule Poirot?
Reader, she melted.
Which reminds me: Fruttero & Lucentini did a splendid work with their prose as well: they imitate and play with the model of the 19th-century novel in the most delicious, hilarious manner, proving once again how refined and intelligent their operation on the original sources was.
➽ I recommend The D Case to absolutely anyone and everyone to fans of classic crime literature and Victorian literature, as I think that a previous knowledge of the detectives will allow you to find more fun and delight in the investigations and in their interactions as well, and also that being familiar with Dickens will help you go through Edwin Drood more easily, because I see that the reader wants either to see his favourite investigators on the stage, or to be let in on the solution of the crime, and therefore would gladly do without such a long preparation to the crime itself. I think I would have enjoyed The D Case even better if I had read Wilkie Collins's works before it, so I also recommend a previous knowledge of this author and gladly vow to read him soon myself.
But even if you have read none of these authors and know none of this detectives... if it intrigues you, give this book a try. You may very likely chance upon your next bookish obsession.
Read information about the authorCharles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.
Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.
Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction. Dickens's creative genius has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G. K. Chesterton—for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.
On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day's work on Edwin Drood. He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad's Hill Place. Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral "in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner," he was laid to rest in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads: "To the Memory of Charles Dickens (England's most popular author) who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years. He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England's greatest writers is lost to the world." His last words were: "On the ground", in response to his sister-in-law Georgina's request that he lie down.
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