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What's the right way to get an unbroken mc package installed in Stretch

Stretch comes with 4.8.18, which for me is unusable due to an upstream bug fixed
in 4.8.19[1], but 4.8.19 is unusable due to another upstream bug, not fixed
until 4.8.20[2]. I configured stretch-backports in sources.list, but apparently
it has no newer mc version available. 4.8.21 is on the mirrors, so I downloaded
it from a mirror and installed it with dpkg. It works fine, but now apt is
broken because it thinks mc is broken and needs to be removed by "apt
--fix-broken install". Apparently apt thinks mc depends on different packages
than dpkg does:

# apt install inxi
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 inxi : Depends: gawk but it is not going to be installed
 mc : Depends: libext2fs2 (>= 1.37)
      Depends: libgpm2 (>= 1.20.7) but 1.20.4-6.2+b1 is to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt --fix-broken install'

# dpkg-reconfigure mc
/usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure: mc is broken or not fully installed

Am I the only one who needs mc to work in Stretch? What do others do?

[1] fubar right pane at startup with saved long file listing

[2] VFS: timestamps not being preserved due to uninitialized struct stat
st_[acm]tim.tv_nsec (#3821)
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