Confessions of an occasional science fiction fan

My April 5, 2022 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

Why did it take so long for Hervé Le Tellier’s “The Anomaly,” a novel published in France in the summer of 2020, to get to the U.S.? Maybe it took time to get a translator. The book is a publishing sensation in France, selling more copies there than any book since Marguerite Duras’ 1984 “The Lover.” ¶ It’s no wonder it’s all the rage. In a way, “The Anomaly” is the perfect pandemic book, questioning our very existence, albeit in a highly entertaining way. But there’s also a philosophical gravity to the questions it poses. It’s by no means a book I felt guilty about enjoying.

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