A Review of the Blue Angel

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by Janice Albert IN HER LATEST novel, Blue Angel, Francine Prose updates a 1905 story by Heinrich Mann in which an entertainer, Lola Lola, fascinates and then ruins Professor Rath, who gives in to his obsession for her. Francine Prose moves the story to a small, expensive college in Vermont. Her professor is Ted Swenson, the sole tenured member of the college creative writing department. Her female antagonist, Angela Argo, pierced, dyed, dressed in sadomasochistic gloom, and propelled by some atavistic urge to destroy the thing she feeds on, intuits his every weakness, betrays him in whatever way she can, […]
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