“A pleasant page-turner with an important reminder about the value of social activism.”
Ma Jian’s China Dream is a dissident novel in all senses of the term. It’s a novel written by a dissident: “every novel [Ma has] written has been banned in the mainland.
“The Daughter’s Tale is a brilliant, engrossing, immersive novel with extremely compelling characters.
“An undercurrent of slow dread seems to permeate the small, inconsequential details of daily routine, throwing into stark relief the paranoias that are lurking close to the surface.”
“Not only did this novel . . .
“a perfect read in today's political climate.”
Alpha: Abidjan to Paris tells the story of the refugees’ struggle from up close and personal through the character of Alpha, a cabinet maker in the Cote d'Ivore, the Ivory Coast.
While it seems to be universally the case that authors would rather have their books written about than not, it is also the case that it is sometimes better not to review a given book than to revie
“Havana Libre works well as a sociological commentary, but as a mystery novel or a thriller, it’s a dud.”
October–November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik coup d’etat that brought communism to power in Russia.
“Hers is a dark, unerring vision. We can expect more great work from this audaciously talented author.”
"uneven as a work of literature, but its ideas are worth engaging."
For the past two decades Israeli companies have dominated the moving industry in New York City, and the sight of Israeli men in their early 20s loading furniture and belongings onto or off of truck
“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
College campuses are in the news for various reasons these days, student rights and racism on the top of that list.
“Exit West is a smart, sympathetic, and deeply human story . . .”
In April 2005 two men on opposite sides of the world are grieving for loved ones who died when the tsunami of December 2004 destroyed a Thai seaside resort.
“a fable about ideological extremism under an avant-garde skin.”
The Angel of History is an intricately woven novel, centering around Jacob, a poet-in-crisis, about to check himself into a mental institution.
“an homage to political cartoonists and their ability to define a moment or mood in a few pen strokes.”
Yuge!, Garry Trudeau’s new compilation of strips from the juggernaut that is Doonesbury, is ideal for those who feel that they have not, over the past few months, gotten their fil
Anger and outrage drip from the pages of this short single-paragraph novel. It is a rant against a county, its people, and family.
There have been novels about oil (Giant by Edna Ferber), coal strip-mining (Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom), and traditional coal mining (Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh).
Oleg Kashin may be a recognizable name to readers who paid attention to international news.
Julia inherits a gift from her grandmother: the ability to see through a person’s eyes when they are in the most trouble and their soul is reaching out for help, from somewhere in the future.