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Caryn James"I write novels like a filmmaker, but I write films like a novelist," Philippe Claudel said when "I've Loved You So Long," his first work as director, appeared last year. The comment couldn't have meant much to American audiences. To us, that powerful and eloquent movie, with Kristin Scott Thomas as a doctor just released from prison, seemed to come out of nowhere. Although Claudel had long been respected as a novelist in France, only two of his previous books, By a Slow River and Grey Souls, had been translated into English. Now his latest novel, Brodeck, arrives like a fresh, why-haven't-we-known-him discovery, revealing him to be as dazzling on the page as he is on the screen.
—The New York Times