"quite a nicely baked short yarn, rather than a novel, but written a bit like a soufflé, rising in the oven but when eaten there isn’t that much substance."
“Set in the midst of one of the darkest moments of human history, between the horrors of Nazism and Stalinist Communism, this book not only portrays an attempt to find meaning and comfort t
"Spells by Michel de Ghelderode offers a collection of stories both beautiful and loathsome. He represents literature that must be wrestled with to fully appreciate. . . .
“A Bildungsroman for our troubled times, set in a place where nothing is safe or certain.”
Tension between the inescapable distance that exists, and must exist, between people, and the driving desire for closeness is what ties together the characters in the accomplished and sensitive nov
“This welcome debut collection of his Irish stories will find ready readers overseas.”
“Clearly, Cherise Wolas is not yet in the ranks of our foremost literary fiction writers—but she can be one day.
Ghost writers have always been figures of mystique. Often they are the unsung or at least, un-marketed heroes of wonderful literary works.
“well written, masterfully translated . . . rewards rereading.”
A woman’s nude body is found in a Helsinki apartment with religious references scrawled on her back.
“Vaseline Buddha is a brilliant example of contemporary South Korean literature.”
Veronica Gerber Bicecci’s debut novel, second book and her first translated into English, Empty Set (Conjunto vacío), has multiple dualities—the verbal and the visual, th
“Interesting, intriguing, and informative, Fools and Mortals is highly recommended.”
Interesting, Intriguing, Informative
“Dark Echoes of the Past is a literary treat for fans of noir . . .”
October–November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik coup d’etat that brought communism to power in Russia.
“A stunning debut novel. The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas encompasses a wealth of superb writing, mature insights, and breathtaking risks . . .”
Seventy-four years ago, nine years before the publication of The Second Sex and 20 years before The Feminine Mystique, a male Turkish communist novelist created a fictional femini
“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.”