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Nobel prize winner’s book turned down by 19 publishers

PARIS: The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans. Writer Serge Volle sent 50 pages of Simon's 1962 novel, "The Palace", set during the Spanish Civil War, to 19 French publishers. The verdict was damning: Twelve rejected it and seven didn't even bother to reply. One editor said that the book's "endlessly long sentences completely lose the reader", Volle told French public radio on Monday. Nor…