The Horizon Artist
June 06, 2012

Juan José Saer is not a writer with an instantly eye-catching signature like Cortazar with his brasher, vanguard luster, or Borges in his wry eruditio

Mystery Boy
June 05, 2012

The world’s excitement about Tutankhamen began from the moment his tomb was discovered, for the simple reason that it was the first Ancient Egyptian r

The Re-Animator
June 04, 2012

Peter Carey's The Chemistry of Tears takes on the history of technology, contrasting the germination of the modern machine in the tempestuous dreams o

Must Civilizations Clash?
May 31, 2012

“What is justice in the wake of large-scale injustice?” Daniel Philpott asks. “That is the central question of this book.” The answer for him is deepe

Flames of Goodness
May 30, 2012

THE POLISH POET Cyprian Norwid—though he is known to his compatriots as an artist of the highest eminence and read by schoolchildren in Poland almost

Highbrow Lowbrow
May 28, 2012

Death at La Fenice came out in 1992, and since then Donna Leon has steadily produced a new case for Commissario Brunetti every year: with Beastly Thin

Deadly Locations
May 24, 2012

Tom Koch, a medical geographer, demonstrates how maps were critical to epidemiology long before the germ theory of disease was ever uttered, let alone

A Turn to Terror
May 23, 2012

In Stay Awake, Dan Chaon’s people have somehow reached middle-age but are still somnambulists stumbling through the after-effects of often unthinkable

Jonathan Swift in Karachi
May 22, 2012

Mohammed Hanif’s new novel, which follows on his wonderful debut, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, centers on Alice Bhatti, a janitor’s daughter and a Chr

Democracy's Temple
May 21, 2012

In his architectural history of the Capitol Building, Guy Gugliotta emphasizes—it is, alas, a timeless theme—how extraordinarily difficult it is to co