Potential is unrealized in Mingmei Yip’s newest novel. The dialogue is awkwardly delivered and falls flat.
For the average Western reader, diving into Hend Al Qassemi’s debut novel Black Book of Arabia is an eye-opener.
The small town of Arvida, Quebec, becomes the focal point for Samuel Archibald's haunting short story collection.
“[a] fine novel that educates and entertains.”
If you are going to read this novel, make time to do so. There is no point in starting and then going off to do something else, for when you come back you will probably have to start again.
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.”
Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe brings the novelist career of his literary alter-ego, Kogito Choko, to a close with the publication of his new novel, the most recent in the series, Death by Water
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
“A meticulously crafted portrait of modern-day South Africa, Icarus is a spellbinding tour de force.”
“a telling—and pleasant—gateway into the talent of an artist well-worth knowing.”
"Mirbeau's novel offers trenchant satire that will endure."
“charming and vivid if erratic and sometimes offal.”
“Khadra’s didacticism ruins this book and leaves the novel bereft of his previously demonstrated literary power.”
There are books that make us feel intensely and others that make us think deeply; one that does both is Gail Hareven’s opalescent and psychologically complex eleventh novel Lies, First Person
“the effort of reading The Wall will enlarge our understanding [of the Holocaust and its aftermath].”
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“Karate Chop displays an admirable willingness to take on difficult stories, and Dorthe Nors tells these difficult stories very well.”
“. . . a masterful novel of levels and depths, beautifully written and stunningly realized.”
“Mr. Vásquez weaves together memory and imagery into a seamless whole.”