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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

Trevor reviews J.G. Farrell’s 1970 novel, Troubles. Read the full post.

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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

Trevor reviews Dezsö Kosztolányi’s 1924 novel, Skylark, translated from the Hungarian by Richard Aczel. Read the full post.

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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…

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Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Announced

Today the Pulitzer Prize for fiction announced its winner and two finalists: Winner:  Tinkers by Paul Harding Finalists:  Love in Infant Monkeys by Lydia Millet and In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin.  For a review of In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, check out this one from KevinfromCanada. I…

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Roberto Bolaño: “The Prefiguration of Lalo Cura”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Roberto Bolaño’s “The Prefiguration of Lalo Cura” was originally published in the April 19, 2010 issue of The New Yorker. I can already hear several of you gritting your teeth at seeing another Roberto Bolaño story…

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International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

From that incredibly long longlist the IMPAC has announced the shortlist of eight titles.  The winner will be announced on June 17. Zoe Heller: The Believers Muriel Barbery: The Elegance of the Hedgehog Ross Raisin: God’s Own Country Marilynne Robinson: Home Robert Edric: In Zodiac Light Joseph O’Neill: Netherland Christoph…

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Gail Hareven: The Confessions of Noa Weber

Gail Hareven wrote one of the more intriguing pieces of short fiction published in The New Yorker last year: “The Slows.”  Despite that, I didn’t rush into reading The Confessions of Noa Weber (She’ahava Nafshi, 2000; tr. from the Hebrew by Dalya Bilu, 2009).  However, when the book won Three Percents Best Translated Fiction…

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Muriel Spark: The Driver’s Seat

I decided to start my venture into the Lost Booker shortlist with the shortest of the bunch, Muriel Spark’s The Driver’s Seat (1970).  I could have produced this review as part of my Clock at the Biltmore feature that highlights classic New Yorker fiction fortnightly; The Driver’s Seat appeared in the…

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Ben Loory: “The TV”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Ben Loory’s “The TV” was originally published in the April 12, 2010 issue of The New Yorker. When I went to see which story was up for the week, I glanced at the first paragraph, then…

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The Clock at the Biltmore — Patricia Hampl: “Look at a Teacup”

In an effort to get some more current classic New Yorker fiction in the Clock at the Biltmore feature, I decided to choose a story from the 1970s, Patricia Hampl’s “Look at a Teacup,” published June 28, 1976.  I had heard of Hampl but never read her.  I had never…

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Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award

While I looked to see who the winner was this last Sunday, I forgot to post it here for those interested.  This year the award went to Brigid Pasulka for A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True.  I haven’t heard of the book, which is Pasulka’s first — hence…