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Why Franzen’s Freedom needs some Corrections

By Prospect  

Yesterday evening Jonathan  Franzen walked into the Southbank centre’s Queen Elizabeth hall for an event promoting his new novel Freedom (reviewed by Prospect‘s Tom Chatfield in our current issue)—and told an audience of around 300 people that he had an “awkward” announcement to make. This turned out to be something of an understatement, as Franzen made one of the most unusual requests any author can ever have asked of their readers: “don’t buy the book.” There were audible gasps. Somehow,…

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