Category: Literature

Peacekeeping by Mischa Berlinski 0

Peacekeeping by Mischa Berlinski

★★★☆☆ Mischa Berlinski’s primary talent as a writer is his supreme humanity. A new writer on the literary scene, he’s already been marked as one to watch. His second novel, Peacekeeping, is good. Not...

The Seven Madmen by Roberto Arlt 0

The Seven Madmen by Roberto Arlt

★★★☆☆ Particularly revered by Julio Cortazar, Roberto Arlt’s The Seven Madmen is a peculiar sort of social commentary. The story opens with the weak-willed Remo Erdosain being accused of stealing 600 pesos from his...

Man on Fire by Stephen Kelman 0

Man on Fire by Stephen Kelman

★☆☆☆☆ There’s footage out there in the video-streaming digital ether of a British journalist doing a feature on the renowned Indian strongman Bibhuti Nayak. Nayak boasts a higher, enlightened harmony with his body and...

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What Belongs To You by Garth Greenwell

★★★★★ Consider it a question. What belongs to you, really? Are your experiences, memories, infidelities and embarrassments entirely your own? Private moments, of course, are yours to bottle up and bury. Keep them, but...

Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter 0

Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter

★★★★☆ Imagine a landscape painting, an old master: a monolithic, alpine expanse, crystalline with ice and snowfall, trees weighty under wintry heft. On the horizon, the glow of a distant village. The hint of...

Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson 0

Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson

★★★☆☆ Howard Jacobson’s Shylock Is My Name is the second installment of Hogarth Shakespeare’s series of plays retold by contemporary authors and provides the series with an already well-needed expansion. Jacobson proves that one...

The Door by Magda Szabo 2

The Door by Magda Szabo

★★★★★ The shimmering, haunting brilliance of Magda Szabo’s The Door binds like a spell. This is a book to thrust into the hands of everyone you know and love and to clam up trying...