Book Reviews

Ernst Haffner’s “Blood Brothers”

There is a certain pleasure to be found in reading a book that was publicly burned by the Nazis.


Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s “Dirty Dust”

Talk is not only the “principal character in this book,” as Titley writes in his translator’s note, it is the book.


Alejandro Zambra’s “My Documents”

In his nostalgic yet critical gaze, the introduction of home computers in those years becomes a symbol for larger reconfigurations of solitude and companionship.


March 2015

On Memory: New Writing from Japan

We have recently been made increasingly aware of the everyday failings of our own memories.


The Far Shore

“It is absolutely safe to restart the reactor as long as nothing unforeseen happens.”


The Memory

And then what did you do, he asked, and she said, I watched.


Fruit

We simply couldn’t tolerate rogue fruit infiltrating Tokyo and corrupting public morals.


When My Wife Was a Shiitake

"When you hold an egg in your hand, its memories are communicated to you through its shell, you know."


Glass

The fragments of the girl come tumbling down.


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