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Book Reviews

Lars Saabye Christensen’s “The Model”

"Model Kits" "Historians who constantly present their Scotland Yard credentials," T. J. Clark writes, "never fail to miss what the real crime was."* In The Model, Lars Saabye Christensen makes certain…...

Jenny Erpenbeck’s “The Old Child & Other Stories” and “The Book of Words”

Addition by Subtraction In Jenny Erpenbeck's fiction, girls are tabula rasa to be instructed step by step by teachers and fathers (state substitutes) to be handmaidens. They are empty vessels to be…...

Yoko Ogawa’s The Diving Pool: Three Novellas

To watch someone undetected, to observe them from afar, to steal a glance without getting caught—these are powerful pleasures. But it's also a high-stakes game, for there is always the chance…...