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Pierre Bayard: genius, or dinner party contrarian?

Journey through falsehood

'Voyage Around the World', a French poster from the late 19th century © Private Collection; Archives Charmet/Bridgeman Images

How to Talk about Places You’ve Never Been is the second book in a trilogy by Pierre Bayard. “I like trilogies,” he told me when we met for coffee, smiling a little at this misdirection. Bayard does not write novels; he is an academic, a professor of French literature at the University of…

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