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In the century and more since Joseph Conrad first published “Falk: A Reminiscence,” his tale has been examined from a variety of critical perspectives. I would like to begin by reviewing some of these responses in order to locate this paper's perhaps surprising claim that “Falk” is a story about dining.



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