„If you can't annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.“

—  Kingsley Amis, libro Lucky Jim

Origine: Lucky Jim

Ultimo aggiornamento 03 Giugno 2021. Storia
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poeta, scrittore, critico letterario 1922 - 1995

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