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So Many Enigmas: Richard Landon on Mavis Gallant — Karen Mullhallen | Numéro Cinq
Mavis Gallant's characters move around, and then there is the very specificity of her details, which contrast with the rootlessness of the feeling in the stories. And that’s true all through the collection From The Fifteenth District. And it is set in a very specific district, the 15th arrondissement. But the stories themselves are set all over Western Europe, and yet that title story is a ghost story, for heaven’s sake, characters don’t even live there. They live in “other space.” So there are all these paradoxes at work. ---Richard Landon