Category: Literature

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Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

★★★★★ “Imagine me gone,” their father tells them. Alec and his older sister Celia are too young to understand the sadness and desperation in their father John’s request as he lays down on the...

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Stork Mountain by Miroslav Penkov

★★★★☆ Miroslav Penkov’s whimsical debut novel Stork Mountain brings readers to the rural Bulgarian village of Klisura, where an unnamed American narrator has just arrived to live with his grandfather. Compounding the generational and...

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The Ancient Minstrel by Jim Harrison

★★★★☆ Jim Harrison’s The Ancient Minstrel is a chaser to life’s intoxicated stumble. Despite almost being able to smell the alcohol vapors from Harrison’s pages, his prose acts as a neutralizer: in a time...

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Zero K by Don DeLillo

★★★★★ “Do you ever feel unfleshed?” A character asks towards the end of Don DeLillo’s horrifyingly timely new novel, Zero K. All the coded impulses you depend on to guide you. All the sensors...

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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...

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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...

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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...