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6:17 AM
Q: What does "worried stone" mean in "Tumor" book?

English_learner33In "Tumor" book, by Anna Leahy, the author was writing a poet about her mother's cancer death, with the title "Gravity 2", after she had written a poet about her father's death, with the title "Gravity 1": She falls with the weight of herself and her unsteady state, a state of un-being. A moment...

6:49 AM
@Randal'Thor It wouldn't be opinionated, no; I just question if it's actually about literature.
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9:52 AM
@Randal'Thor Can you (or anyone else) confirm that the Larkin forum site existed?
10:49 AM
Ongoing topic challenges: The Decameron and Maltese literature.
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1:23 PM
The Philip Larkin forum was run by the Philip Larkin Society and used to be found at philiplarkin.com/forum.htm. The contents were hidden to non-members in 2006 and the forum was closed by 2014. You can browse the contents as of August 2006 via the Internet Archive capture.
1:47 PM
Q: What is the purpose of the motif of the Chinaman in Fontane's novel Effi Briest?

TsundokuOne of the recurring elements or motifs in Theodor Fontane's novel Effi Briest is that of the Chinaman. The Chinaman is a source of fear for Effi, something like a phantom. References to him are particularly frequent in chapters 6–22 and appear absent in chapters 28–36. The motif is used too freq...

2:13 PM
Q: Since when is the Ramakien considered one of Thailand's national epics?

TsundokuThe Ramakien is a Thai version of the Ramayana. The earliest stages of the Ramayana seem to date from the 7th to 4th centuries BCE, and many other cultures that were influenced by India developed their own version. According to the Wikipedia article about the Ramakien, the epic was "adopted" in t...

3:03 PM
Q: Where and when did Marcel Reich-Ranicki quip about a book being too long?

TsundokuMarcel Reich-Ranicki (1920–2013) was probably the most famous—or infamous—German literary critic of the second half of the twentieth century. From 1988 to 2001, Reich-Ranicki hosted the literary talk show Das Literarische Quartett on ZDF (a German public-service television broadcaster). He was kn...

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4:50 PM
@Bookworm Banquo's royalty in nature pleaseth HNQ.
@Tsundoku I don't feel strongly about my closevote there at all; just was interested if anyone else would see it similarly.
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6:23 PM
Q: What was the first picaresque novel in Russian literature?

TsundokuLazarillo de Tormes, published simultaneously in Alcalá de Henares, Burgos and Antwerp in 1554, is generally considered the first picaresque novel. The Wikipedia article about the picaresque novel contains a section about its sources, which says, The curious presence of Russian loanwords in the ...

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8:28 PM
Q: Since when is Daredevils of Sassoun considered a national epic of the Armenians?

TsundokuDaredevils of Sassoun (or Sasna Dzrer or Sasna cṙer) is an Armenian heroic epic that "is commonly cited as one of the most important works of Armenian folklore". Its main character is David of Sassoun, whom Wikipedia describes as "the main hero of Armenia's national epic Daredevils of Sassoun, wh...

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10:08 PM
Q: Short story with a salacious piece of furniture being circularly regifted

RLHI'm looking for the title of a short story I read in the late '90s (but which I think was significantly older). The core element of the story was a piece of furniture with some kind of salacious carvings on it. One character (the narrator?) originally acquires it, but decides that the carvings ma...


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