Meeting in Positano: A Novel by Goliarda Sapienza (1924–1996) is a disorienting experience for anyone who likes their fact and fiction to be distinct genres.
“For most immigrants, the streets of America’s urban communities were paved with stones, not gold.”
Jacob Dinezon (1851–1919) has been a commanding figure in late 19th century Eastern European Jewish literature.
“The Children’s Train is a sympathetic, well-crafted novel filled with vacation-worthy sights and authentic experiences from an Italy that balances folk tradition with modernity.”
“a short, charmingly absurd portrait of postwar Germany.”
“a novel that explores the nostalgia, loneliness, guilt, and conflicted patriotism of the (fictitious) last American who worked at the facility.”
Novels of mystery and suspense and thrillers more often than not turn on event rather than on complex emotion.
“moments of brilliance . . .”
“The Summer of Kim Novak brings back to life that adolescent quandary of feeling like you know more than the adults around you, but being desperately afraid that y
Among the masterful short story writers of the 18th century in Russia—Turgenev, Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy—it is Anton Chekhov whose words are most known outside of the motherland because
“Young Once is an elegant noir written by a master prose stylist.”
Some of the most important fiction in the opening decades of the 21st century has come from Ireland, and Paul Lynch is one of the leading lights of this postmodern Irish Renaissance.
“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. . . .
“This welcome debut collection of his Irish stories will find ready readers overseas.”
A woman’s nude body is found in a Helsinki apartment with religious references scrawled on her back.
“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 . . .”
“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.