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The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel

The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel

2005 ·
·4.12·189 Ratings ·336 Pages
“ In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. ” ― Anonymous
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    ·4.29·142 Ratings
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    2000·
    ·4.07·268 Ratings
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    ·3.15·188 Ratings
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    2001·
    ·4.03·1,533 Ratings
    Searingly hot in the summer, bitterly cold in the winter, the ancestral estate of the Golovlyov family is the end of the road. There Anna Petrovna rules with an iron hand over her servants and family-until she loses power to the relentless scheming of her
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    2015·
    ·3.95·223 Ratings
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