For Perec even the task of recording a dream becomes a demanding literary and intellectual game.
This unsung jewel of a novella by the decorated couple Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo is a stylish, postmodern-inflected pastiche of an Agatha Christie mystery.
Pavlov skillfully navigates the razor-thin gap between dark comedy and tragedy, making the novel more humane and serious than many satires.
For her nineteenth book, "Life Form," Nothomb has applied her preternaturally original mind to two favorite subjects—writing and “superhunger”
The experience of reading Revenge is like getting caught in a beautiful, lethal web.
A comfort in death and loss pervades this collection of letters, ekphrastic prose, short stories, and historical fiction.
Mozambican author Mia Couto has practically created a genre all his own.
"The Polish Boxer" is a book of small miracles
These instances abound: life imitating art, while art reflects back images of life.
This is Laferrière’s own take on the cataclysmic effects of the quake, both political and psychological.
Homero Aridjis’s angels have not fallen, but the world has.
Love is grasped at but never secured. Each person is exhausted, weary, and alone.
Has South Africa found its modern voice of the people, its cutting-edge bard of the townships?
History, for Gelman, is something both deeply personal and inherently communal, just as poetry can be both politically charged and aesthetically refined
Although Lia, Ana Clara, and Lorena can’t help thinking uncharitable things about one another from time to time, when they’re together, their connection is electric.
The mystery is only the vehicle by which Stein delivers a Kafkaesque tale that constantly toys with memory, truth, and identity.
This syntax hypnotically weaves its way into the mind of the reader, hunkers down, and only later bites.
How can you convince anyone of the truth when the only evidence you have is your word?
"Persecution," the title of Alessandro Piperno’s scorchingly ambitious second novel, is not a straightforward label for the catastrophe that befalls the protagonist, Leo Pontecorvo.
These crisscrossing lives and unsteady unions caught between Europe and Africa beg the question: Who is escaping, and who has arrived?
An unusual meld of history, biography, and fiction, "The Neruda Case" conveys with great acuity how it’s not just the famous who are subject to others’ unrealistic projections.
Few monsters have weathered the years with greater aplomb.
"The Planets" considers the impact of friendship—and its loss—in cosmic terms.
In the world of "Satantango," everything is caught up in an infernal dance.
Poetry charts a circular path to freedom for Chinese political activist and writer Liu Xiaobo.
Laurent Binet took an unusual gamble when composing his debut novel "HHhH," a unique blend of WWII history, personal memoir and postmodern experimentation.
Part physicist and part naturalist, Romanian poet Nichita Stănescu was always a consonant lyricist.
"Traveler of the Century" is a novel of collisions: of intellectual idealism and cruel reality; of originals and translations; of complacency and unrest