This month we chill out with our Midsummer festival of literature from Scandinavia. See you at the Solstice.

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Book Reviews

“Preliminaries” by S. Yizhar

S (milansky) Yizhar (1916-2006) was born in Rehovot, in what was then Ottoman Palestine. His father, Ze'ev Smilansky, also a writer, had arrived from Russia at the turn of the twentieth century,...

“The Savage Detectives” by Roberto BolaƱo

When we consider Roberto Bolaño, we might also think of D. H. Lawrence or Yukio Mishima. Like them, he lived a mythic, tragic life. Like them, he compressed into a short period--in his case, a...

“Out Stealing Horses” and “In the Wake” by Per Petterson

Reviewed by Radhika Jones The narrator of Out Stealing Horses, sixty-seven-year-old Trond, is a man equally consumed by his past and his present. This balancing act between the reflectiveness of age...


After / the plunge through death's whirling vortex, will / a great light unfurl over his head?