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Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh 0

Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh

★★☆☆☆ With his Ibis Trilogy, published between 2008 and 2015, Amitav Ghosh proved himself an estimable literary force: framed around the Opium Wars of the mid 1800s and set in Calcutta, Mauritius, and Hong...

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie 0

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

★★★★★ Consider it Patient Zero, or Pandora’s Box: all of Western Literature can arguably be traced back to Cervantes’s 1605/1615 masterpiece Don Quixote. A picaresque novel about a mad knight errant and his squire...

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Inland by Téa Obreht

★★★★☆ A curiously timely novel set around an Arizona homestead in the late 1890s, Téa Obreht’s excellent Inland finds a vein of magical realism in the reliably fruitful ores of Western Literature. When Nora’s...

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Berta Isla by Javier Marías

★★☆☆☆ A shadowy novel about espionage and emotional fidelity, Berta Isla follows a woman’s unrelenting commitment to her husband and his secrets. Tomás Nevinson and Berta Isla were teenage sweethearts and set on maintaining...

Fall 2019 Books Preview 0

Fall 2019 Books Preview

This fall is shaping up to be a loaded few months of major book releases. As usual, publisher’s have their autumn lineups stacked with powerhouse titles: new books from Salman Rushdie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and...