In a tough review of the film based on Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, the Atlantic's Alyssa Rosenberg writes that the book exchanges the harsh realities of segregation for a feel-good narrative about a progressive white woman.
Have any of you read the book? Do you agree? Disagree?
The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera has now suggested that Soviet spies might have been behind the crash. The theory is based on remarks by Giovanni Catelli, an Italian academic and poet, who noted that a passage in a diary written by the celebrated Czech poet and translator Jan Zábrana, and published as a book entitled Celý život, was missing from the Italian translation.
In the missing paragraph, Zábrana writes: “I heard something very strange from the mouth of a man who knew lots of things and had very informed sources. According to him, the accident that had cost Albert Camus his life in 1960 was organised by Soviet spies. They damaged a tyre on the car using a sophisticated piece of equipment that cut or made a hole in the wheel at speed.
“The order was given personally by [Dmitri Trofimovic] Shepilov [the Soviet foreign minister] as a reaction to an article published in Franc-tireur [a French magazine] in March 1957, in which Camus attacked [Shepilov], naming him explicitly in the events in Hungary.” In his piece, Camus had denounced the “Shepilov Massacres” – Moscow’s decision to send troops to crush the Hungarian uprising of 1956.
"I’ve been looking for this book for years," a customer told me this morning. "I was just going to buy it on Amazon, but I happened to be over here for a meeting and thought I’d stop in," she said, clinging happily to the book. "I love it when stuff like this happens."