Book Reviews

Andreï Makine’s “A Woman Loved”

Andreï Makine’s A Woman Loved is an exploration of limitations: the limits of our capacity to fully understand another person’s inner life, the limits of art to faithfully portray it, and how we compensate for these constraints by creating narratives.


Sergio Pitol’s “The Journey”

In order to enjoy The Journey, the second volume of revered Mexican author Sergio Pitol’s idiosyncratic autobiographical trilogy, the reader must abandon expectations: of genre, of structure, of distinctions between the aesthetic “truth” of dreams and fiction, and truth in the sense of literal accuracy.


Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi’s “Mirages of the Mind”

Written in 1990, Yousufi’s Mirages of the Mind describes with acuity the changed ambience of India after the Partition, We, twenty-five years later, know that Yousufi’s understanding of the Indian situation was nothing but prescient.


August 2015

A Trip through Ayahuasca

It is said after the vomiting comes the visions. I wasn’t seeing anything yet.


Living with the Beast

To tame this beast, two reins are needed.


The Ritual

“Every time someone goes to the USA, they die."


Flemish Tapestries: On Don Quixote in English

Rendered into some fifty languages, El Quijote is one of the most translated novels in history.


The Age of Acurio

Gastón Acurio is not a genius or a vanguardist or a great maestro of world cuisine.


Myth and History: Writing from Indonesia

In October of this year, Indonesia will make its appearance as the guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair—the first country from Southeast Asia to be so honored.


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