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Praise for Smedley's Secret Guide to World Literature
"As sophisticated and purely strange as Roberto Bolaño, as vulnerable as Salinger, and as smart and funny as only Askold Melnyczuk can be, Smedley's Secret Guide to World Literature makes you feel, without the least bit of strain, that you're in the hands of a comic genius. The off-handed virtuosity of Melnyczuk's style is perfectly suited to Smedley's rueful, bemused, and often hilarious understanding of himself and the adults around him. This book gives so much pleasure page to page than I can't imagine the reader who wouldn't love it."
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Askold Melnyczuk has published three novels, as well as stories, poems, essays and reviews in The New York Times, The Nation, Poetry, APR, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. He's founder of Agni, and teaches at both UMass Boston and in the Bennington Graduate Writing Seminars.