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Allegra Goodman: “La Vita Nuova”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Allegra Goodman’s “La Vita Nuova” was originally published in the May 3, 2010 issue of The New Yorker. I still haven’t read the comments below, but I did see in Kevin’s that he considered this possibly…

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J.G. Farrell: Troubles

I’m afraid I won’t be able to review any more of the Lost Booker shortlist before the voting period ends on Friday — but at least we got that extra week, right?  I still don’t think the public was given nearly enough time to read and properly vote on the…

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Roberto Bolaño: Antwerp

Most of Bolaño’s New Directions book covers are similar in style.  I’ve liked them.  However, because Antwerp (Amberes, 2002; tr. from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer, 2010) looked so different, I’ve been more excited to read it.  It arrived in a coverless hardback, small-sized and well designed, simple and bold.  It suggests…

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Orange Prize Shortlist Announced

Here are the six shortlisted titles for the 2010 Orange Prize.  The winner will be announced on June 9. Rosie Alison: The Very Thought of You Barbara Kingsolver: The Lacuna Attica Locke: Black Water Rising Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall Lorrie Moore: A Gate at the Stairs Monique Roffey: The White…

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E.L. Doctorow: “Edgemont Drive”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. E.L. Doctorow’s “Edgemont Drive” was originally published in the April 26, 2010 issue of The New Yorker. I haven’t read anything by E.L. Doctorow before, though I’ve always felt I should. I have March on my…

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Dezsö Kosztolányi: Skylark

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting with Edwin Frank, the editorial director of NYRB Classics.  NYRB Classics is one of my favorites, both as a publisher and as a brand.  Their books are lovely to behold and lovely (or, at the very least, always interesting) to read.  They’re an…

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The Clock at the Biltmore — Donald Barthelme: “Affection”

In my last Clock at the Biltmore, KFC suggested I look at something by Donald Barthelme.  Okay, I though, I’ve heard of Barthelme but never read him.  Where should I start?  Well, pick up some issue between the early 1960s and late 1980s and you’re almost certain to find some of…

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KFC’s New Contest

You really shouldn’t miss out on this very generous IMPAC contest from KFC.

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Independent Foreign Fiction Award Shortlist

Today the Independent Foreign Fiction Award shortlist was announed.  The winner will be announed on May 13. Brodeck’s Report, by Philippe Claudel, translated from the French by John Cullen The Blind Side of the Heart, by Julia Franck, translated from the German by Anthea Bell Fists, by Pietro Grossi, translated from…

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Paul Harding: Tinkers

Before Monday at 3:00 p.m. EST I had never heard of Tinkers (2009; Pulitzer), or Paul Harding.  I must have seen the name before because the book got a small write-up in The New Yorker‘s Briefly Noted section, but it didn’t stick at all.  Looking around the internet, I see I was not the…