Book Reviews

Sergei Lebedev’s “Oblivion”

In form, Oblivion is like a detective story. This investigation turns frighteningly political, however, when it leads him to Russia’s northern Tundra region, which once housed Stalin’s gulags.

The Return of the Narrative: Miljenko Jergović‘s “The Walnut Mansion”

Jergović roots his stories firmly in local Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian turf. History is back.

Tahar Ben Jelloun’s “The Happy Marriage”

The reader is left with the question: in the case of an unhappy marriage, would it be better to follow the advice of Tolstoy or Ben Jelloun?

February 2016

Graphic Novels at WWB: The First Ten Years

The narrative threads that weave through the last ten years tell a tale in themselves.

On Angoulême and Control

What I’m pointing out here is a typical media phenomenon born of social conditioning.

The Strange

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Lots of stranges aren't here legally.

from A Short Guide to Being the Perfect Political Refugee

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This number is your identity.

The Fall

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It parachuted down.

from Le Piano Oriental

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Fifteen years later, I was the one who left.

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