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.”
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.