Alex Massie

Literary Oneupmanship Cont.

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In the comments to this post on Bookmanship I'm delighted to see commenter Jim make excellent use of what one would term the Foreign Poet Gambit:

Personally I'd swing for the fences with: "A shame to devote so much time and money to yet another translation of a writer who does not wholly merit his reputation when the great Gaglyarev remains unknown outside his native tongue."  I would respond to all inquiries about Gaglyarev with an archly raised eyebrow, and go get another drink.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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