Literature

Monster Mash-Up

For Victor LaValle the supernatural is a means to heighten the horrors that have always inspired his work.

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The argument of The Wives is twofold: great writers have demanding habits, and that the women who tended to those habits deserve recognition.

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Kate Summerscale’s new book has neither that page-by-page excitement nor so formidable a collection of historical personages as characters as her earl

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Painting Ugly

How Should a Person Be?, based on recorded conversations between Heti and her friends, describes a woman named Sheila making a life in Toronto after l

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In The Fifth Impossibility, his new collection of essays, Norman Manea demonstrates that he is an indispensable analyst of what it means to be a Roman

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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

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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

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A Mere Jonah

Frederick Turner gives us an informative sketch for a bildungsromanabout how Miller re-made himself as a writer, transforming himself from poetaster t

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As both her Tudor novels demonstrate on every page, Hilary Mantel draws you in, irresistibly, to the intense and dangerously competitive life of Henry

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Checkmate

There are two ways to react to the discomfort The Lifespan of a Fact provokes: to insist that essays like John D'Agata's require a readership in on th

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