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I review Ann Sterzinger’s translation of Octave Mirbeau’s novel In the Sky in this week’s Right On column:

What keeps In the Sky from descending to the level of a teenage diary is X himself. As loathsome as he can be, his gormlessness and narcissism make for fascinating reading, like watching a cockroach defecate in the sink. We’ve all known someone like X—socially crippled, resentful, entitled, and full of unwarranted self-importance, yet still weirdly endearing—and Mirbeau’s depiction of him is unrelentingly comic.

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