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Fiction; A Doubter’s Almanac, By Ethan Canin, Bloomsbury, €17.25

28th August, 2016
Ethan Canin: fiction as it should be, from a true renaissance-man writer Pic: KC McGinnis

E than Canin is one of those renaissance-man writers who seems to know everything. He knows how a Wall Street quant can “turn a remarkable profit in the nanosecond it took a cesium 133 atom to oscillate a bare handful of times between energy states”. He knows that the unfilled space at the top of a plastic bottle is called “ullage”. He knows about “the quartzite underpinnings of the Allegheny foothills, which mark the geologic...

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