Book Reviews

Lee Si-young’s “Patterns”

The language is often serene, and bound to nature.

Diego De Silva’s “My Mother-in-Law Drinks”

The latest novel in translation by Italian author, playwright, and screenwriter Diego De Silva at first glance belongs to the swelling genre of paternalistic parables for the digital age.

Norman Manea’s “Captives”

Navigating the narrative threads of "Captives" is a bit like trying to make it through a hedge-maze while blindfolded, drunk, and asleep.

February 2015

Black Spring

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After Batista’s dictatorship, Castro had the support of an entire people.

A Whim of the Gods

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Dump trucks from the Department of Public Works came for the bodies.


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In hindsight, it couldn't have happened anywhere but here.


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"You let Jews into your home? The people who killed your brother!"

Tell Me Where to Go

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Why hasn't anyone invented a country for those who don't belong anywhere?

A Human Act

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For very important murders, the consent of the commission is required.

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