Venice, renown the world over for its beauty and riches, becomes the setting for Gabrielle Wittkop's Murder Most Serene.
“an effervescent book, comprised of two equally well-rounded stories . . .”
“if you really care about something in life, do whatever it takes not to lose it.”
With age usually comes wisdom, and when waxing nostalgic, one usually sees the significance of youthful events in a new and understanding light.
“many of the stories have the feel of being a novel in gestation.”
“a fascinating peek into the genesis of Austria's controversial literary figure.”
The new English translation of Patrick Modiano’s 2003 novel Paris Nocturne defies categorization.
Michel Houellebecq, the enfant terrible of French letters, is no longer an enfant and Submission is far from terrible, but his latest novel is, as usual, an even
"Mirbeau's novel offers trenchant satire that will endure."
“charming and vivid if erratic and sometimes offal.”
“the effort of reading The Wall will enlarge our understanding [of the Holocaust and its aftermath].”
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“The Story of My Purity is a frustrating novel—entertaining enough . . . yet ultimately unconvincing.”
“. . . you’ll get a kick out of this one.”
“The Canvas is an engaging read guardedly recommended to psychological mystery enthusiasts . . .”
“. . . recommended to Mr. Kiš’ admirers as well as to all readers of Eastern European literature in translation and of short form fiction.”
Stieg Larsson may have believed Sweden was infected with sinister conspiracies, but Nikanor Teratologen fears the evildoers probably live openly right next door.
“With his story of a chant that transforms a decrepit man, Mr. Rodari grants us the possibility that words can also alter a world gone awry—at least in fairy tales.”
“Péter Nadás may infuriate readers accustomed to a Tolstoyan resolution of a series of interrelated stories and characters and times and settings.
“At barely more than 100 small (four and a half by seven inch) pages in Andrew Bromfield’s excellent English translation The Hall of the Singing Caryatids succeeds both as a novell
“Sorry has all the ingredients to make it a compulsive read. It’s slick, chock full of twists and turns, and dripping with narrative thrust and intrigue. . . .
“On the credit side, Mr. Drvenkar’s narrative and dialogue are strong and move each section of the story along. He selects his words with care . . .
“Each poem reaches a moment when the mood changes, a moment of epiphany that jolts the reader out of his comfort zone and the everyday shimmers slightly as perspectives shift.”
“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets Young X-Men . . .”
Suspensful, spectacular, and searing are not adjectives one would use to describe The Calligrapher’s Secret. Intriguing, intelligent, and multifaceted are far more accurate to convey what