The Debenedetti inventions
April 4, 2010 9:50 AM Subscribe
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Judith Thurman chronicles the fabricated literary interviews penned by Tommaso Debenedetti, an Italian freelance journalist. His subjects include Philip Roth, John Grisham
, Gore Vidal
, Günter Grass, Toni Morrison, and other famous authors
.Debenedetti said he was completely "shocked and saddened" that all these writers would have denied the veracity of his reporting. When I asked him about the interviews with Roth and Grisham, he flatly denied having invented them, and told me that Roth and Grisham were lying for "political" reasons — because their views on Obama would make them unpopular with left-leaning intellectuals.