• From I'm No More of an Idiot than Anyone Else I forget now which writers Lantelme liked best. Probably Flaubert, Racine, Balzac, de Maupassant, but I don't remember any discussions about the great Russian authors - Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, Gorky and the rest. And Lantelme wasn't a chauvinist! But why travel when his own mental landscape was so rich and cultured? He preferred to talk about Homer, Ovid and the Greek dramatists. I want to go back for a moment to the Cafe de la Liberte. The second book in French that I tried to read, and this one was much easier than the first, was New York by the author of Ouvert La Nuit and Ferme La Nuit -

    May 07,