Gregor von Rezzori Stanley Kauffmann - Essay

Stanley Kauffmann

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The jacket of this rich, disquietingly good book calls ["Memoirs of an Anti-Semite"] "a novel in five stories." Though these five long stories are independent, they are linked and dramatically cumulative. One can accept them as component parts of an organism, but there are reasons to examine the term "novel."…

Most of [the facts about the author] are also true of the book's protagonist, or are transparently touched up, and all the other facts of the book fit between or around them logically. Four of the five pieces are in the first person, whose name is Gregor. But I don't suggest that "Memoirs of an Anti-Semite" is simply autobiography costumed as a novel; nor is it a conventional autobiographical...

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