World Literature

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“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.”

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Venice, renown the world over for its beauty and riches, becomes the setting for Gabrielle Wittkop's Murder Most Serene.

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With age usually comes wisdom, and when waxing nostalgic, one usually sees the significance of youthful events in a new and understanding light.

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“many of the stories have the feel of being a novel in gestation.”

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a fascinating peek into the genesis of Austria's controversial literary figure.”

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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

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The new English translation of Patrick Modiano’s 2003 novel Paris Nocturne defies categorization.

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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

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“A meticulously crafted portrait of modern-day South Africa, Icarus is a spellbinding tour de force.”

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a telling—and  pleasant—gateway into the talent of an artist well-worth knowing.”

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"Mirbeau's novel offers trenchant satire that will endure."

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charming and vivid if erratic and sometimes offal.”

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“Khadra’s didacticism ruins this book and leaves the novel bereft of his previously demonstrated literary power.”

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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

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“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.”

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“. . . a masterful novel of levels and depths, beautifully written and stunningly realized.”

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“Mr. Vásquez weaves together memory and imagery into a seamless whole.”

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“. . . outstanding on every level . . . heaven sent.”

The Hanging Garden, Patrick White’s posthumous novel, is absolutely luminous, its publication a gift.

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“. . . a deeper issue lingers, making one question where the exact dichotomy between ‘good and evil’ begins and ends.”

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“. . . it is the language—the singing, ringing language—that makes Firefly a master work.”

When last did a novel start out with such crackling good language?

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“At only 162 fast-moving pages . . . a small investment to gain clear-eyed look at the Jihadi suicide bomber . . .”

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