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"Frederic Prokosch: The European Connection" (1983) Summary and Analysis

All but forgotten in America, Frederic Prokosch is a literary treasure important not only for his own writing but also for the influence he's had on other writers. Vidal recalls reading Prokosch's The Seven Who Fled at 13 when he took his first trip down the Italian peninsula in 1939. It was the second Prokosch novel, coming after The Asiatics, which made him "suddenly famous" in 1935. For three decades, Prokosch has been "completely out of fashion" in America (which Vidal calls Amnesia), although his novels have enjoyed a long and successful audience in France. Indeed, because generations of Latin American writers have long looked to Paris for literary inspiration, Prokosch's influence has been profound.

"Garcia Marquez would not write the way he does if Prokosch had not written the way...

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