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Book Reviews

June 2010

Linda Ferri’s “Cecilia”

Reviewed by Morten Høi Jensen

Cecilia, Linda Ferri’s latest novel, retells the myth of Saint Cecilia, the Roman nobleman’s daughter who would become the patron saint of music and a Christian martyr

Alain Mabanckou’s “Broken Glass”

Reviewed by Anderson Tepper

Alain Mabanckou, the young Congolese author of African Pyscho, seems intent on subverting all the clichés about African writing

May 2010

Durs Grünbein’s The Bars of Atlantis

Reviewed by André Naffis-Sahely

Despite its brief history, East Germany held potent sway over the Western imagination

Olga Tokarczuk’s “Primeval and Other Times”

Reviewed by Tara Bray Smith

Then there is Primeval: protozoic, foundational, “the place at the centre of the universe.”

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

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