Anatoly Vorobey (avva) wrote,
Anatoly Vorobey

о состоянии книжной критики (англ.)

The novelist Reynolds Price, who died last year, paused to note the sorry status of book sections in his 2009 memoir, “Ardent Spirits.” When he was starting out in the 1950s, he wrote, a first novel in America received about 90 individual reviews; now a decent first novel is lucky to get 20. Most of those will be amiable squirts of plot description topped, like a lemon slice on a Diet Coke, with the dread weasel-word “compelling.”

Неужели действительно 90 рецензий в 50-х? Трудно поверить, что это не преувеличение.

Для сравнения, любопытно было бы узнать: сколько рецензий можно ожидать увидеть в прессе на первый роман нового автора на русском языке сегодня? Сколько - в советские времена?
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