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The Genius of Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake

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This isn’t as much a review of the Gormenghast novels as a pleading: if you haven’t read this masterpiece of fantastic fiction, you should. Taken as a whole it’s one of the most incredible pieces of literature produced in the 20th century. It holds as dear a place in my heart as Proust, and has inspired countless authors such as Christopher Paolini, who named it one of his two greatest...

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