I was going to be reviewing Douglas Oliver's Whisper "Louise" for PN Review in the next month or so, but another article on the book came in so my piece wasn't needed and I'm off the hook! (I'll be reviewing the excellent In Time of Need instead.) The title was recently reviewed by John Hall for Jacket magazine and now, this weekend, Martyn Everett of BookSurfer reviews it:
Poet and one-time Cambridge journalist Douglas Oliver has written a remarkable book, interweaving recollections of his own life with accounts of episodes from the life of the legendary anarchist Louise Michel. But it is far, far more than a simple exercise in biography, as Oliver uses the coincidences and dissonances of the two lives as a way of exploring memory and meaning, the construction of self, and the nature of revolutionary action.