Book Reviews

Sergio Chejfec’s “The Dark”

At his best, the Argentine Sergio Chejfec carries the torch of the great ambulatory writers, from De Quincy to Sebald.

João Almino’s “Free City”

"Free City" is a novel about a literary sort of redemption

Elisa Ruotolo’s “I Stole the Rain”

With the deceptive kick of an apertivo that slides down like water but is 80 proof, the three stories in "I Stole The Rain" promptly engaged my attention.

Mario Bellatin’s “Shiki Nagaoka: A Nose for Fiction”

Games are always a serious matter when they are played by the Mexican writer Mario Bellatin.

Yu Xiang’s “I Can Almost See the Clouds of Dust”

Yu Xiang’s poems are the poetic equivalent of shoegazer rock.

Vsevolod Nekrasov’s “I Live I See”

Repetitions were important to Nekrasov: to him monotony could also unlock multiplicity.

Ádám Bodor’s “The Sinistra Zone”

"The Sinistra Zone" is neither an easy nor an enjoyable read. It is, however, an interesting one

Milo De Angelis’s “Theme of Farewell and After-Poems”

In his latest work the poet sets a different task for himself; he writes as if to battle against the failure of words

Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo’s “Where There’s Love, There’s Hate”

This unsung jewel of a novella by the decorated couple Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo is a stylish, postmodern-inflected pastiche of an Agatha Christie mystery.

Georges Perec’s “La Boutique Obscure”

For Perec even the task of recording a dream becomes a demanding literary and intellectual game.

Oleg Pavlov’s “Captain of the Steppe”

Pavlov skillfully navigates the razor-thin gap between dark comedy and tragedy, making the novel more humane and serious than many satires.

Amélie Nothomb’s “Life Form”

For her nineteenth book, "Life Form," Nothomb has applied her preternaturally original mind to two favorite subjects—writing and “superhunger”

Yoko Ogawa’s “Revenge”

The experience of reading Revenge is like getting caught in a beautiful, lethal web.

Antonio Tabucchi’s “The Flying Creatures of Fra Angelico”

A comfort in death and loss pervades this collection of letters, ekphrastic prose, short stories, and historical fiction.

Mia Couto’s “The Blind Fisherman” and “The Tuner of Silences”

Mozambican author Mia Couto has practically created a genre all his own.

Kirill Medvedev’s “It’s No Good: poems/ essays/ actions”

In 2004, the Russian poet Kirill Medvedev posted an unusual announcement on his Web site: “I have no copyright to my texts and cannot have any such right.” Those who wished to use his writings, he said, were allowed to do so but only “WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR.” more »

Eduardo Halfon’s “The Polish Boxer”

"The Polish Boxer" is a book of small miracles

Alejandro Zambra’s “Ways of Going Home”

These instances abound: life imitating art, while art reflects back images of life.

Homero Aridjis’s “A Time of Angels”

Homero Aridjis’s angels have not fallen, but the world has.

Dany Laferrière’s “The World is Moving Around Me”

This is Laferrière’s own take on the cataclysmic effects of the quake, both political and psychological.

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