Read-along: Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

Trevor and Lee are hosting a readalong of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, a book they’ve both read and have not been able to shake. Not that this will help. Read the full post and learn about the readalong.


John Cheever: “Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor”

Michael continues his trek through The Stories of John Cheever with “Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor, first published in the December 24, 1949 issue of The New Yorker. Read the full post.

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Karen Joy Fowler: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Lee reviews Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize. Read the full post.

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Tessa Hadley: “One Saturday Morning”

This week’s story from The New Yorker is Tessa Hadley’s “One Saturday Morning.” Betsy offers her thoughts. Read the full post.


Alice Munro: “Tell Me Yes or No”

Trevor and Betsy look at Alice Munro’s “Tell Me Yes or No,” from her collection There’s Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You. Read the full post.

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Marc Pastor: Barcelona Shadows

P.T. Smith reviews Marc Pastor’s crime novel, Barcelona Shadows, translated from the Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem. Read the full post.


César Aira: Conversations

Trevor reviews the most recent César Aira book to appear in English, Conversations, translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver. Read the full post.


Jonathan Glazer: Under the Skin

Lee reviews Jonathan Glazer’s 2014 film, Under the Skin, based on the novel by Michael Faber. Read the full post.

Review copy courtesy of Broadway Books.

Emma Campion: A Triple Knot

Betsy reviews Emma Campion’s historical novel, A Triple Knot, which centers on court intrigue in fourteenth-century England. Read the full post.

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Jane Gardam: “The Great, Grand Soap-Water Kick”

Lee reviews “The Great, Grand Soap-Water Kick,” the third story in The Stories of Jane Gardam. Read the full post.


Jean-Pierre Jeunet: A Very Long Engagement

As we think back on the beginning of World War I, Amanda reviews Jean-Pierre Jeaunet’s 2004 film, A Very Long Engagement. Read the full post

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Béla Zombory-Moldován: The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914

Trevor reviews Béla Zombory-Moldován’s The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914, translated from the Hungarian by the author’s grandson Peter Zombory-Moldován, and just out from NYRB Classics. This is the first time this exceptional memoir has been available in any language. Read the full post.

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James Dickey: To the White Sea

Chris reviews James Dickey’s 1993 novel, To the White Sea. Read the full post.

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The 2014 National Translation Award Longlist

The 2014 National Translation Award Longlist has been announced. Read the full post.


Chris Andrews: Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction: An Expanding Universe

Chris Andrews, who has translated ten of Roberto Bolaño’s books into English, has just graced us with an in-depth critical analysis of Bolaño’s fiction, Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction: An Expanding Universe, just out from Columbia University Press. Trevor, a fan of both Bolaño and Andrews, offers his presumably biased thoughts. Read the full post.


César Aira: “Picasso”

This week’s story from The New Yorker is César Aira’s “Picasso,” translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews. Trevor and Betsy offer their thoughts. Read the full post.

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Jacques Demy: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

From The Criterion Collection’s recent release of The Essential Jacques Demy, Trevor reviews Demy’s third and most famous feature film, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, from 1964. Read the full post.


2014 PEN Translation Prize Winner

The winner of this year’s PEN Translation Prize has been announced! Read the full post.


Bonus Episode: NYRB Classics’ Late 2014 Releases

Trevor and Brian sit down to talk about what’s coming from NYRB Classics in the last half of 2014. Read the shownotes and listen to the podcast.

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Phil Klay: Redeployment

Lee reviews Phil Klay’s Redeployment (2014), a finalist for this year’s Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Read the full post.