March 31, 2012
On the Humean Condition
Jonathan Derbyshire, New Statesman
Jennie Erdal's first book, Ghosting, published in 2004, was an account of the time she served as amanuensis and ghostwriter to the publish-er Naim Attallah. The narrator of The Missing Shade of Blue, her debut novel (her debut in her own name, at least - she wrote two under Attallah's), is also a ghost of sorts. Edgar Logan, a 40-ish Frenchman with an English father, is a translator, a vocation he compares to "liv[ing] vicariously" as a kind of "shadow".
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