slide

Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep

I’ve been looking forward to reading Raymond Chandler for a long long time — so long, in fact, that I almost forgot I was looking forward to reading him.  Over a year ago I asked my wife to get me The Big Sleep (1939) for my birthday.  The problem was that…

slide

Dominique Fabre: The Waitress Was New

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Archipelago Books, a non-profit publishing house based in Brooklyn that specializes in literature in translation.  I always like finding those!  I was especially interested in their production style — their books are all published in an almost square format (though the…

slide

Roberto Bolaño: By Night in Chile

I’m getting on better with Roberto Bolaño now than I was before.  By that I mean that I am converted.  After finding 2666 a brilliantly written mess and Nazi Literature in the Americas a horrific human mess (again, brilliantly written), I wanted to go back and read the first of his…

slide

William Maxwell: So Long, See You Tomorrow

William Maxwell has come up on my radar three times in the last few months: once on John Self’s review of The Château, once on my blog when Jayne Anne Phillips recommended They Came Like Swallows, and then again in two parts on KevinfromCanada’s blog with reviews of Bright Center…

slide

Interview with Chris Andrews

Like many, I have come to admire and appreciate the work of Australian Chris Andrews, whose translations have been key in bringing to English readers the works of Roberto Bolaño and César Aira.  His exceptional renderings are so strong in style and voice that they never feel like works in…

slide

Inger Christensen: Azorno

What a puzzling book!  Or rather – what a puzzle of a book.  How to review it?  I think a good way to start is by contrasting it to books that failed me where it succeeded.  About a year ago I reviewed Nadine Gordimer’s The Conservationist.  My feelings toward that book have declined…

slide

Tobias Wolff: Old School

I’ve had a few Tobias Wolff novels on my shelf for years now, but until recently I’d never picked one out to read it.  I’m not sure why.  Perhaps because I acquire books quickly, and the new additions tend to take precedence over the old.  Perhaps it was because I…

slide

Philip Roth: Exit Ghost

A year ago today I posted a giddy review of Philip Roth’s The Ghost Writer.  Since then I’ve slowly — but still giddily — made my way through the eight other Zuckerman books (you can find my thoughts on them all here).  It was a fantastic project that I’d recommend to…