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Gert Hofmann: The Parable of the Blind

The more I think about Gert Hofmann’s Lichtenberg & the Little Flower Girl (my review here), the more sure I am that it will be on my year-end best list.  I loved that charming and yet dark book.  Consequently, I’ve been slowly getting my hands on more of Hofmann’s work, which has been…

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2011 Man Booker Prize Longlist

I love this time of year!  The Man Booker Prize longlist is as follows (dates in parentheses indicate when the title is slated for publication in the United States if it is not already available): The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes (January 24, 2012) On Canaan’s Side, Sebastian Barry…

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Justin Torres: “Reverting to a Wild State”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage.  Justin Torres’s “Reverting to a Wild State” was originally published in the August 1, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. I had never heard of Justin Torres, though he has published stories in Granta and Tin House, two literary…

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Robert Coover: “Matinée”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Robert Coover’s “Matinée” was originally published in the July 25, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. For some time I wanted to read more Robert Coover.  Some trusted…

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Jean Echenoz: Ravel

The first of Echenoz’s eccentric fictional biographies is the last I read (the others are Running and Lightning, reviewed here and here, respectively).  For a couple of years I’ve wanted to read Ravel (2005; tr. from the French by Linda Coverdale, 2007), since it was a finalist for the International IMPAC…

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László Krasznahorkai: The Melancholy of Resistance

I’ve had Krasznahorkai’s The Melancholy of Resistance (Az ellanállás melankóliája, 1989; tr. from the Hungarian by George Szirtes, 1998) on my shelf for some time now.  I have been anxious to read it, but its 314 pages of single paragraphs (there are a few breaks) left me wary.  But along came…

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Tove Jansson: Fair Play

Earlier this year, Tove Jansson’s The True Deceiver won the Best Translated Book Award (my review of the book here).  It’s an excellent book, quite wintry, that I highly recommend if you’re feeling too warm this summer (well, I strongly recommend it even if you aren’t).  I’m happy to say I liked Jansson’s…

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala: “Aphrodisiac”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s “Aphrodisiac” was originally published in the July 11 & 18, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. Wow!  Though it has only been a few years since her…

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July Recommendations

Today my blog is three years old, and I hope it keeps going for years to come.  It has all been fun!  Also, as of yesterday, there are 280 book reviews here, not including the weekly reflections on the fiction in The New Yorker (I still hope to add something similar…