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Chris Dunton Reviews The Dancing and the Death on Lemon Street by Denis Hirson

The Dancing and the Death on Lemon StreetVerdict: carrot

There was a substantial gap between Denis Hirson’s first book, The House next Door to Africa (1987) and his second, the Joe Brainard / Georges Perec-inspired I Remember King Kong (the Boxer), which appeared in 2004. Following this, Hirson has published prolifically: more work in the “I Remember” format, poetry, a history of South African literature, and now a novel. The unusually helpful epigraph – alerting us to how the novel works – reads: “Place a red bookmark at the opening page of the book, for in the beginning the wound is invisible.”

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