Thoughtful Torture
April 12, 2011

Cerebral imagery is typical of Ranko Marinković, whose narrative epic—set in the former Yugoslavia in the early 1940s—is based on Ulysses, which had a

Reading Deeply
April 11, 2011

In a time when reading has devolved into a means for the efficient conveyance of information, and sustained reading is in decline even as the techniqu

Swiche Glaringe Eyen
April 07, 2011

Sheila Fisher is an academic, a professor of English literature, and her sparkling introduction to the Canterbury Tales and Chaucer is by far the best

After Dark
April 06, 2011

In Pleasure Bound, Deborah Lutz treads on familiar ground writing that she “wanted to steadily question certain assumptions we have today about the Vi

The Boulders
April 05, 2011

The literary career of Imre Kertész has been as full of improbable twists as any melodrama. It took him a decade to complete his first novel, an accou

Praise the Heavy Lift
March 30, 2011

It seemed for a time that the long novel had hit a lull. In a society that prefers to snack on information rather than dine on knowledge, the long nov

All Whooshed Up
March 29, 2011

All Things Shining turns out to be, rather surprisingly, a prime example of the current religious revival in America. This is a spiritual self-help bo

Quiet Desperation
March 28, 2011

No book is as closely associated with the rise of second-wave feminism as The Feminine Mystique, but many feminists regard it with deep ambivalence. I

Not Now! Not Here!
March 24, 2011

In 1981, in an introduction to a book of stories by Stefan Zweig, John Fowles noted that “Zweig has suffered, since his death in 1942, a darker eclips

The Temple Mount in New York
March 09, 2011

For Michael Weingrad, it is precisely the marginality, even the perversity, of the American Hebraist project that makes it so immensely interesting. “