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Book Reviews

November 2013

Mircea Cărtărescu’s “Blinding”

Reviewed by Carla Baricz

Together, these texts form an ecstatic and elegiac epic, in which the reader travels across the body of a butterfly (literally and figuratively), from the begining to the end of time.

Sergio Chejfec’s “The Dark”

Reviewed by David Varno

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

October 2013

João Almino’s “Free City”

Reviewed by Ksenija Bilbija

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

Elisa Ruotolo’s “I Stole the Rain”

Reviewed by Emma Garman

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.

September 2013

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

Reviewed by Heather Cleary

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

August 2013

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

Reviewed by Naomi Long Eagleson

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

Vsevolod Nekrasov’s “I Live I See”

Reviewed by Ariell Cacciola

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

Ádám Bodor’s “The Sinistra Zone”

Reviewed by Emma Garman

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

July 2013

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

Reviewed by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

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

June 2013

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

Reviewed by Emma Garman

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”

Reviewed by Stefanie Sobelle

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

May 2013

Oleg Pavlov’s “Captain of the Steppe”

Reviewed by Christopher Tauchen

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

March 2013

Amélie Nothomb’s “Life Form”

Reviewed by Emma Garman

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

Yoko Ogawa’s “Revenge”

Reviewed by Mythili G. Rao

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

February 2013

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

Reviewed by Elisa Wouk Almino

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”

Reviewed by Anderson Tepper

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

January 2013

Eduardo Halfon’s “The Polish Boxer”

Reviewed by Anderson Tepper

"The Polish Boxer" is a book of small miracles

Alejandro Zambra’s “Ways of Going Home”

Reviewed by David Varno

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

Homero Aridjis’s “A Time of Angels”

Reviewed by Andrew Seguin

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

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