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Burning Books

Talking Great, Good, Bad and Very Bad Books

Burning Books

You’ll never manage to read all the great books in the world, and that’s a fact.

Fortunately, you don’t need to.

Because every week or two, your host Eric Beck Rubin brings you a fresh eye on a classic piece of writing.

From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that are at the heart of great novels as well as novels that try to be great… but don’t quite make it.

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Eric Beck Rubin

Eric Beck Rubin

Separating smoke from fire

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The Adversary – Emmanuel Carrère

A Case of Mistaken Identity

My Name is Asher Lev – Chaim Potok

Oil Paint and Vinegar

Morality Play – Barry Unsworth

More Naughty Than Nice

Latecomers – Anita Brookner

Never Started Before It Was Over

The Scapegoat – Sophia Nikolaidou

When the World is Against You

The German Mujahid – Boualem Sansal

The Secret Lives of Banlieusards

The Luzhin Defense – Vladimir Nabokov

Early Nabokov Trying Things