Historical pantomime

Dan Leno, the Great Dame of Lambeth, in Mother Goose.

Dan Leno, the Great Dame of Lambeth, in Mother Goose. Image: Illustrated London News.

Why Javier Cercas’ pseudo-authentic Anatomía de un instante so appalled me, and El Follonero’s 23-F mockumentary Operación Palace struck me as brilliant. I’d have liked some Austen zombies, but I suppose their moment has passed.

(Of cats and hares. I gave up Galdós’ inventions of nation ages ago, but enjoyed them at the time, rather as I did those Edwardian imperial schoolbooks discovered as a child.)

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