“a lovely installment, if a brief one, filled with amusing events, and a slowly mounting sense of dread . . .”
Forest Dark, Nicole Krass’ fourth and most interior, introspective, cerebral, and autobiographical novel to date, is about two Jewish-American characters.
There are not many recent novels about life in Iran.
“great fun and a spectacular read. The story of the Carrion King story is so good that you’ll want it to be real. . . .
“a delightful book, guaranteed to promote snickers, chuckles, and a guffaw or two.”
“Glass Houses is a Triple Crown winner for plot, characterization, and setting. . . .
Orly Castel-Bloom is best known for her 1992 (2010 in English translation) dystopian darkly satirical post-modern science fiction novel Dolly City (also reviewed in NYJB), which has been i
“Compass educates us, even as we marvel at its obscurity.”
Tomoyuki Hoshino, born 1965, is one of Japan’s more compelling younger writers, but he remains virtually unknown abroad.
Nobody does Kafkaesque quite like Franz Kafka.
“I had a friend once. Indeed, at the time, I only had one friend. His names was Andrés and he lived in Paris and, much to my his delight, I travelled to that city to see him.
“Free of Vikings, Björk, or enraptured paeans to volcanic landscapes and icy shores, The Outlaw presents Iceland as experienced by a troubled boy.
“a psychological puzzle box that ultimately explores multiple levels of illicit passions.”
“From Italy’s agricultural heartland, largely an autodidact, Walter Ferranini doubts the sincerity of claims for the dignity accorded labor by ideological spokesmen for the post-war communist regim
Of all Mozart’s piano sonatas, No. 11, “Turkish March,” is the most unique. It’s also his best. And Mathias Énard seems to know why.
Nietzsche declared God was dead over a hundred years ago, but contemporary readers can’t get enough of religion.
“[Lewinter’s] unique literary voice . . . is that of an obsessive, a philosopher, and a miniaturist.”
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s (One Night, Markovitch) second novel Waking Lions starts as a moral drama in its first 14 chapters and becomes a suspenseful crime thriller in its final 11.
“Listen up, Netanya baby! We’re gonna throw down the mother of all shows tonight . . . Yeah, open up that hook, table ten, set ’em free . . . there you go!”
Falling under the category of “man drops out of society and goes off to desert to find himself,” this short novel loses direction midway through.
“There are mysteries men can only guess at, which age by age they may solve only in part.”
“This is an important book; a finely crafted and well-timed, cautionary tale for a world that seems to be slipping back rather than moving forward in how we view our fellow
“For Oz’s fans and liberal Zionist fiction readers Judas is a required text whose writing is its own reward.”
Combining an Icelandic sensibility enriched by nature with a cosmopolitan immersion into complexity, this narrative blends a journal with semi-(at least) autobiographical reflections.
“a fable about ideological extremism under an avant-garde skin.”