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Woman of the Ashes by Mia Couto 0

Woman of the Ashes by Mia Couto

★★★☆☆ Chronicling the 1895 fall of the Gaza Empire in Mozambique, Mia Couto’s Woman of the Ashes is a finely-researched work of epic potential. The first of a trilogy, this novel follows the lives...

Madness Is Better Than Defeat by Ned Beauman 0

Madness Is Better Than Defeat by Ned Beauman

★★★☆☆ Channeling Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace, Ned Beauman’s novels are sprawling and hilarious works that tumble into realms of inspired, lost-in-time exotica. 2012’s The Teleportation Accident (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize)...

Ice by Anna Kavan 0

Ice by Anna Kavan

★★★☆☆ Originally published fifty years ago and recently reissued in an anniversary edition with supplemental texts by Jonathan Lethem and Kate Zambreno, Anna Kavan’s Ice is a story of a man obsessed. A nameless...

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi 0

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

★★★☆☆ Translated from the Arabic, Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad updates a classic from the literary canon into a devastating, modern-day political allegory. In an attempt to give a rightful burial to the countless...

Phone by Will Self 0

Phone by Will Self

★★★★☆ In 2012, Will Self published Umbrella, an under-read masterwork of Joycean proportions that was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Umbrella reads as if Self found a loose thread in the conceptual stitching of...

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Winter 2018: Books to Read and Review

Here’s a breakdown of my current stack of books to read and review. There’s a lot of interesting things on deck, including a new book by Ned Beauman and Will Self. I absolutely adored...