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    The Delighted States: A Book of Novels, Romances, & Their Unknown Translators, Containing Ten Languages, Set on Four Continents, & Accompanied by Maps, Portraits, Squiggles, Illustrations, & a Variety of Helpful Indexes (Paperback) By (author) Adam Thirlwell

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    Short Description for The Delighted States "The Delighted States" follows a carousel of literary influence that shows how translation and emigration lead to a new and true history of the novel. This book is a provocation, a box of tricks, a bedside travel book; it is also a work of startling intelligence and originality from a young writer.
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  • Having slept with a prostitute in Egypt, Gustave Flaubert begins his first novel, "Madame Bovary," which influences the minor French novelist Edouard Dujardin, whose novel is read by James Joyce, whose own novel "Ulysses "will move the Italian novelist Italo Sveno, and later Gertrude Stein, in radical ways. This carousel of influence shows how we devour novels in translation, while often believing that style does not translate. But the history of the novel is the history of style. "The Delighted States "attempts to solve this conundrum while mapping an imaginary country, a country of readers: "The Delighted States." As a companion, this book comes with a new translation into English of Vladimir Nabokov's "Mademoiselle O."