Category: Book Reviews

The Explosion of the Radiator Hose by Jean Rolin

by Emma Garman, April 1, 2011

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The connection that a reader forges with a first-person narrator varies tremendously from book to book, depending on the degree of intimacy or detachment elicited, on how convincing or charming or grating we find the voice, on how seduced, manipulated, or outraged we find ourselves. Sometimes, all too…...read more »

Category: New Books

A gift suggestion for the Günter Grass fan on your list

by Geoff Wisner, December 13, 2010

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If there’s a Günter Grass reader on your Christmas list, you’ve probably already thought about giving him or her a copy of The Box: Tales from the Darkroom, the quasi-novel quasi-memoir that came out last month from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a translation by Krishna Winston. The Boxis…...read more »

Category: New Books

Travel Journals for Sleepwalkers: The Stories of Roberto Bolaño

by David Varno, September 17, 2010

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Ever since Last Evenings on Earth was released in paperback, I have developed the habit, which has become a mission, of reading each Bolaño book as it appears in English translation. There have been nine since then, and two were pretty large. Now that they’ve been consumed, and the two flashy…...read more »

Category: New Books

New York, New York!

by Jonathan Blitzer, August 13, 2010

In his excellent new book, Hispanic New York, Columbia University’s Claudio Remeseira stays within the five boroughs and yet has achieved something decidedly, and admirably, far-flung. I think of the volume as a biography of New York, a portrait of the city – past, present, and future –…...read more »