Literature

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

A Mere Jonah
May 07, 2012

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

The King’s Justice
May 01, 2012

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

Checkmate
March 26, 2012

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

Splendor and Wreckage
March 20, 2012

Edward St. Aubyn's At Last is far less dramatic than any previous Melrose book, although the humor and perfectly observed dialogue remain. Its calm is

The Revolution in Feeling
March 12, 2012

The Sufferings of Young Werther, a heartbreaking, irritating, and occasionally funny semi-autobiographical epistolary novel about a young man’s

The Story's About You
March 01, 2012

Pico Iyer's new book, The Man Within My Head, a congeries of travel sketches and autobiographical vignettes, carries as a somewhat intermittent leitmo

Absent and Present
February 29, 2012

By Blood, the marvelously creepy new novel by Ellen Ullman reads like a nineteenth-century novel, but grapples with the problems of Jewish identity in

Facts and Dreams
February 23, 2012

In Fictions of the Cosmos, Frédérique Aït-Touati flicks her finger and dismantles the bars that separate science and literature.

Nazism on Holiday
February 22, 2012

Only recently discovered by the Bolaño estate among his papers, The Third Reich bears many of the hallmarks of the now familiar Roberto Bolaño style:

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