Book Reviews

Han Kang’s “The Vegetarian”

In her remarkable novel The Vegetarian, South Korean writer Han Kang explores the irreconcilable conflict between our two selves: one greedy, primitive; the other accountable to family and society.


Magda Szabó’s “The Door”

The Door continues to be eerily resonant, as Szabó’s consideration of the changing sociopolitical terrain in 1950s–1960s Hungary speaks across borders of time and place.


Regina Ullman’s “The Country Road”

Regina Ullman, the Swiss-born contemporary of Herman Hesse, Thomas Mann, and Rainer Maria Rilke, has finally made her English-language debut with a collection of haunting and beautiful stories.


May 2015

The Shape of Time: New Palestinian Writing

To comprehend Palestinian literature, we must have an idea of what it is to be Palestinian today.


A Map of Jerusalem

Memory—they tell me—has no translation.


Long Distance

“You’re not going to fool around with your friend’s girlfriend.”


Solitary Confinement on the Seventh Floor

One day / I’ll tear off my lips / and eat them / like candy.


Both Freedom and Constraint: An Interview with Randa Abdel-Fattah

The older I get, the more I realize how hybridized my cultural identity is.


“Your Baby”

The phantoms behind the white sheet were moving more quickly now.


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