Magazine March 5, 2018, Issue

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Edward St. Aubyn demonstrates the ongoing relevance of the novel

There has always been a tendency — especially pronounced among those of a conservative disposition — to scorn the cultural works of the present. At its least dyspeptic it declares, “They don’t write songs like that anymore.” At its worst it sweeps aside everything from modernism onwards. Of course there is something to be said for this. When given a contemporary novel it is generally best to read a classic you haven’t got around to instead. But something is not everything.

Time is required to do the sifting. Yet very occasionally something comes along that can be judged worthwhile. For the

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