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A Vengeful Longing

A Novel

By R. N. Morris

A Vengeful Longing
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  • Hardcover: Jun 2008,
    336 pages.
    Paperback: May 2009,
    336 pages.

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Just as "Joanie Loves Chachi" and "Laverne & Shirley" spun off with a focus on minor characters originally seen in the original television series "Happy Days," so too are there literary spinoffs. A spinoff is different from a sequel in that it does not continue the protagonist's story, instead it is drawn either from the backstory or from the viewpoint of a secondary character who appears in the original tale. In literature, as in life, every well-drawn individual can be the star of their own show. In A Vengeful Longing Morris takes the relatively minor-yet-key character of the police magistrate and makes him the center of his own set of novels (consisting so far of The Gentle Axe and A Vengeful Longing). It is, to my limited knowledge, the first spinoff inspired by a Dostoevsky novel.

Although I know there must have been dozens if-not-hundreds before it, the first literary spinoff I recall reading was Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, ...

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