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Ramona Ausubel: “Atria”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Ramona Ausubel’s “Atria” was first published in The New Yorker‘s April 4, 2011, issue. Ramona Ausubel is a young author.  This is her first story in The New Yorker —…

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Imre Kertész: Fiasco

Trevor reviews Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész’s Fiasco. Read the full post.

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Cynthia Ozick: The Puttermesser Papers

Just in case anyone was wondering whether my goal to read more Cynthia Ozick was still in tact, the answer is a resounding Yes!  Any of the books I’ve read so far (The Shawl, The Cannibal Galaxy, and Foreign Bodies) would be enough to keep up my interest, and I’m happy to say that…

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Best Translated Book Award Finalists

The ten fiction finalists for the Best Translated Book Award have been announced Agaat by Marlene Van Niekerk, tr. from the Afrikaans by Michiel Heyns Georg Letham: Physician and Murderer by Ernst Weiss, tr. from the German by Joel Rotenberg The Golden Age by Michal Ajvaz, tr. from the Czech…

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Haruki Murakami: “U.F.O. in Kushiro”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Haruki Murakami’s “U.F.O. in Kushiro” (tr. from the Japanese by Jay Rubin) was first published in The New Yorker‘s March 19, 2001, issue and then republished in their March 21,…

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Ann Beattie: Walks with Men

I am too young to have been a part of any talks about the Beattie generation.  She published nearly 50 stories in The New Yorker between 1974 and 2006, but over 80% of those were published before 1990.  Nearly 50% were published between 1974 and 1981, when she was publishing three or four…

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Ben Marcus: “Rollingwood”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Ben Marcus’s “Rollingwood” was first published in The New Yorker‘s March 21, 2011, issue. I’m afraid it has been one of those weeks, and I haven’t even glanced at this…

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PEN/Faulkner Award Winner

Deborah Eisenberg’s The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg has won this year’s PEN/Faulkner. I have the lovely, large books, and think it is a deserving winner. Long live the short story! It doesn’t hurt, in my estimation, that Eisenberg’s long-time companion is Wallace Shawn (whose father was long-time editor of…

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Javier Marías: Bad Nature, or With Elvis in Mexico

There is concern that New Directions is perceived as an “eat your vegetables” publisher.  You might not enjoy them, but the books are healthful and good for you in the long run, even if they don’t exactly hit that spot that just craves giddy satisfaction.  This is wrong: New Directions books can satisfy the most self-indulgent pleasure. …

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National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

Fiction: A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan Poetry: One with Others: [a little book of her days], by C.D. Writght Biography: How to Live: Or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer Nonfiction: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story…

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Robert Coover: “Going for a Beer”

This week’s New Yorker fiction is Robert Coover’s “Going for a Beer.” Trevor offers his thoughts. Read the full post.

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Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Time to Keep Silence

Trevor reviews Patrick Leigh Fermor’s 1957 travel memoir, A Time to Keep Silence. Read the full post.

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J.A. Baker: The Peregrine

Trevor reviews J.A. Baker’s strange 1967 book, The Peregrine. Read the full post.

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2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalists Announced

Today the finalists for the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction were announced.  The winner will be announced on March 15. Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg Jaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule Eric Pucher’s Model Home Brad Watson’s Aliens in the Prime of…