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Five Cities is a species of psychogeography, a deep map, that weighs the effects of topography, urban environments, and monuments of the past on mood and perspective.
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Farcical fight and sex scenes might be forgivable, but the “mystery” is so barely there it utterly fails to engage -- and that’s lethal to a novel in this genre.
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The Ruins of Ani illuminates one of those rare places that leaves visitors feeling they might have to dust off the word mystical to describe the experience.
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It’s worth pointing out that Sabahattin Ali has deliberately reversed traditional gender roles in Madonna in a Fur Coat.
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This is an important and timely book, one that happens to be compulsively readable and that anyone even mildly interested in the intersection between religion and politics, faith and science…
William Gass's primal loyalty was to the words composing his texts.
Richard Gessner’s head is a cavern piled high with wonders—original images, fresh metaphors, mind-stretching scenarios, and alternate world orders.
Poet Rob Cook bends time and space at will, dispenses with natural laws when convenient, and shuffles sensory perception like a deck of cards.
So now you know: Saddam’s fearsome weapon of mass destruction was a novel.
A Painter of Our Time is a gorgeous rumination on art, love, sexuality, revolution, capitalism, exile, propaganda, politics, human nature, and society.
"Surely the passion for the plain, the homespun, the banal is itself a form of betrayal, a refusal to look honestly at a complex universe." -- Paul West
Nate Liederbach demotes plot and Aristotelian mechanics, replacing them with the acrobatics of a beer-loud voice.
Fighting God is logically argued, lucid, and makes a powerful case for a more secular nation.
Thanks in large part to brevity alone, the way these stories work is closer to poetry than to fiction.
Yakovlev's poems speak to the reader quietly, with assumed familiarity.
Shout It Out Loudbegins as a forensic examination of KISS’s Destroyer album, but it ends up as more than a book about an album, the group, or even the metal tributary of ’70s rock.
Taken together, these entertaining early novels present a noteworthy collection—particularly for Samuel R. Delany fans.
What John Keene has given us in Counternarratives is fearless fiction. Counternarratives by John Keene, New Directions, 320 pages, $24.95. Historical fiction is all well and good for novels,…
American poet Paul B. Roth is keenly aware that a striking phrase can set a dream in motion.
Ttracing his intellectual growth as well as the trajectory of his emotions, Benjamin's biographers have used their research well.
Throughout these superb stories, there is a certain desolation, of the heart as well as of the landscape.
The omniscient narrator in Natura Morta is flawlessly neutral, allowing the images, the minimal action, and the character’s reactions to the events of this single day in a Roman square te…
Robert Olen Butler chose his protagonist wisely. Christopher Marlowe Cobb is a man of both intellect and physicality, of thought and action.
In the superb "But where is the lamb?," James Goodman takes up the numerous ramifications, moral and otherwise, of God’s chilling command to sacrifice Isaac and Abraham’s — perhaps mor…
"Heat" is a fictional interview in which Dickinson asks uncomfortably intimate questions and then imagines the answers Seberg might have given.