Category: Literature

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen 0

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

★★★★☆ This splendid collection of short stories could not have appeared at a more appropriate time. Immigrants and refugees are under attack from the highest levels of government to the lowest level of individual...

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 0

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

★★☆☆☆ John Darnielle’s new novel Universal Harvester is an urban legend — a convoluted and ultimately disappointing one, but enough of a creepy modern folktale to appeal to those readers sensitive to nostalgic storytelling....

Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo 0

Iza’s Ballad by Magda Szabo

★★★★☆ Although not the shimmering, layered masterpiece that is Magda Szabo’s 1987 novel The Door (translated last year to critical acclaim), Iza’s Ballad is an accomplished work of similar emotional weight. Before The Door’s...

Ema, the Captive by Cesar Aira 0

Ema, The Captive by César Aira

★★☆☆☆ The prolific César Aira is a writer of momentum and continuum. He often discusses his work ethic in essays and interviews, explaining how he’s a daily writer and resists editing yesterday’s material. He...

The Invisibility Cloak by Ge Fei 0

The Invisibility Cloak by Ge Fei

★★★☆☆ This short novella about music, family, and business in contemporary China is an alluring introduction to Ge Fei, a novelist of subtle peculiarity and intrigue. The narrator of The Invisibilty Cloak is an...