Book Reviews

“The Invisibility Cloak” by Ge Fei

A likable loser tries to keep his head above the torrent of contemporary Beijing.

“Me Against the World” by Kazufumi Shiraishi

“Dying has never been our true suffering. All of our sufferings, in fact, have been born . . . from having to live in this mutable world.”

“The Ropewalker: Between Three Plagues, Volume I” by Jaan Kross

A thoroughly modern man in an Early Modern world rises from humble origins to greatness through wit and learning.

September 2016

There Is No Map: The New Italian(s)

Who is Italian, what is the Italian language, and who deserves to write in it?


He was fascinated with India: I represented its Italian branch, easily accessible.

The Act of Naming

How can we grieve for those we cannot identify?

Two Untitled Prose Poems

Exile is accompanied by the idea of solitude.

Listening to Silence

“I gallop in English, I am a towering dervish in Urdu, and Hindi is my Kama Sutra. I am still on all fours in Italian.”

From “Goldfish Don’t Live in Puddles”

“Trailers aren’t usually known to speak.”

Read More of this Issue