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Special Topics In Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl, Viking, €17.60.

2nd September, 2006

Special Topics In Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl, Viking, €17.60.

Every so often, a debut novel will receive more than its share of critical attention. In Marisha Pessl’s case, her sizeable advance, the glowing pre-publication praise from literary luminaries, her Barnard education, former acting career and pre-Raphaelite looks all accumulated to shine the spotlight upon her long before the book made it into reviewers’ hands. Pessl was held up as suffering Nell Freudenberger syndrome -...

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