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Book Reviews

May 2010

Romain Gary’s “Hocus Bogus”

Reviewed by Morten Høi Jensen

In the 1970s the French writer and film director Romain Gary had grown, in his own words, “tired of being nothing but myself.”

April 2010

Jo Nesbø’s “The Devil’s Star

Reviewed by Mythili G. Rao

Twenty-three-year-old Camilla Loen has been found dead in her Oslo apartment, her finger severed, a red diamond star under her eyelid.

Martin Page’s “The Discreet Pleasures of Rejection”

Reviewed by Emma Garman

Virgil is a navel-gazing thirty-one-year-old who lives in Paris, works as an advertising copywriter, and always dresses in corduroys

Horacio Castellanos Moya’s “She-Devil in the Mirror”

Reviewed by George Fragopoulos

She-Devil takes place entirely in the mind of a single protagonist who is on the precipice of madness.

Jorge Volpi’s “Season of Ash”

Reviewed by Lucy Popescu

March 2010

The Horse Has Six Legs: An Anthology of Serbian Poetry

Reviewed by Sibelan Forrester

Translation of poetry should always motivate two kinds of fidelity

Ernest Farrés’s “Edward Hopper”

Reviewed by Karen Rigby

Emmanuel Moses’s “He and I”

Reviewed by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

Alicia Borinsky’s “Frivolous Women and Other Sinners/Frivolas y pecadoras”

Reviewed by Adam Eaglin

Alicia Borinsky’s book Frivolous Women and Other Sinners (Frivolas y Pecadoras) consistently surprises with its verve and stamina

February 2010

Nicolas Bouvier’s “The Way of the World”

Reviewed by André Naffis-Sahely

January 2010

Ninni Holmqvist’s “The Unit”

Reviewed by Fran Bigman

Dino Buzzati’s “Poem Strip”

Reviewed by Valentina Zanca

December 2009

Mario Bellatin’s “Beauty Salon”

Reviewed by Maggie Riggs

Max Aub’s “Field of Honour”

Reviewed by Jonathan Blitzer

November 2009

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