Geoffrey Fox

Reflections & Inquiries

Des jeux mortels: André Gide, Les faux-monnayeurs

2021.11.27 - Tags:

Les vies de douzaines de personnages, entre eux des étudiants de bachelier ou mineurs, leurs parents et leurs professeurs, s’entrechoquent dans ce roman qui parle des conflits intergénérationnels, leurs jeux sociaux et leur cruauté, mais principalement de la création littéraire. Le romancier Édouard, l’oncle et figure de référence de ces «enfants » , est en … read more »

Seduced by the Simurgh


Cover, A Gift for the Sultan

This essay began as a response to fellow novelist Dirk van Nouhuys, about how he gets caught up in research when writing a new novel. For more on Dirk, see link below. I think what you are calling « research » is the always fulfilling and energizing process of learning. You, like me, are probably … read more »

Magic, desire and comedy


In Search of the Magic Theater by Karla Huebner My rating: 5 of 5 stars Two women, a generation apart though their lives intertwine, tell us in their most intimate voices of their quite different, sometimes comical and mostly but not always disappointing adventures with men. And careers, and cellos, and dope. When the quest … read more »

Research: Fact and fancy in historical fiction

2021.11.04 - Tags: ,

After reading  A Gift for the Sultan and my latest novel, Rabble! , friend and fellow novelist Peter de Lissovoy (links below) wrote me: “I hate to think of all the research you did. But it must have been a joy at times, as you made discoveries, it must have been, given the joy and … read more »

Politics and personalities, war and suffrage

2021.10.20 - Tags: ,

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is brilliant reporting of the British side of the Great European War of 1914 to 1918, “World War I” as we now know it. The focus is not on the big strategic decisions, the … read more »