“Interesting, intriguing, and informative, Fools and Mortals is highly recommended.”
Interesting, Intriguing, Informative
October–November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik coup d’etat that brought communism to power in Russia.
“a lovely installment, if a brief one, filled with amusing events, and a slowly mounting sense of dread . . .”
“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. . . .
“Compass educates us, even as we marvel at its obscurity.”
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.”
As the rare “lady doctor” at a small town clinic in Communist Hungary in 1960 and an ardent partisan who helped her father smuggle anti-Nazi pamphlets during World War Two, when she was a student,
Overly graphic sex scenes, frayed emotions, language in translation, meditations on man’s relationship with nature and the cities or town spaces most people live in, modern Spain, government corrup
“Patrick Modiano goes beyond the checklist accuracies of historical fiction, fashioning a lush fever dream filled with glamor, mystery, and despair.”
The biggest problem with Josefine Klougart’s One of Us Is Sleeping is that the one asleep is probably the reader.
Michèle Audin's debut novel One Hundred Twenty-One Days is a story about mathematics and love.
“a masterpiece of concision and pain. . . . a literary achievement . . .”
“In a suspense novel that is the literary equivalent of Hitchcock’s Psycho, Lemaitre presents a harrowing look into the link between madness and evil.”