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Haruki Murakami: “Town of Cats”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage.  Haruki Murakami’s “Town of Cats” was originally published in the September 5, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. I haven’t read this one yet.  I’m not a huge fan of Murakami’s work, so I’m not looking forward to…

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Javier Marías: Your Face Tomorrow, Volume III: Poison, Shadow and Farewell

It’s been a couple of years since I started reading this trilogy.  Though I enjoyed every bit of it, for whatever reason — no, I know the reason: the third volume is huge! — I put off reading the end.  The unfortunate result is that I have also been putting off reading other…

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Patrik Ouredník: Europeana

John Self posted a review of Europeana (2001; tr. from the Czech by Gerald Turner, 2005) nearly three years ago (here).  I immediately went out and got the book, but, as sometimes happens, when it came I put it aside, feeling like it would be a book I’d really enjoy and I might…

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David Means: “El Morro”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  David Means’ “El Morro” was originally published in the August 29, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. I read this story this morning on my way into work,…

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Patrick deWitt: The Sisters Brothers

The Booker Prize longlist this year is quite the mixed bag — at least, from what I’ve read so far (3 of 12 — still).  First, there was the “thriller” that I didn’t really take to (my review of Snowdrops here), then the Holocaust novel I really liked (my review of…

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Sergio Chejfec: My Two Worlds

“Approaching his fiftieth birthday, the narrator in My Two Worlds is wandering in an unfamiliar Brazilian city, in search of a park.”  When I read that on the back of this book, I really couldn’t pass it up.  A few of my favorite books have just such a wandering motif:…

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Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi: “Gilgul”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi’s “Gilgul” was originally published in the August 15 & 22, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. Well, I finished “Gilgul” over a week ago now,…

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Alison Pick: Far to Go

Last year around the time of Canada’s Giller Prize, KevinfromCanada reviewed and recommended Alison Pick’s Far to Go (2010), which he — and based on his review, I — thought might be on the Giller longlist (KFC’s review here).  That didn’t happen.  In fact, as far as I know, Far to Go didn’t make any lists…

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Ben Marcus: “What Have You Done?”

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 “What Have You Done?” was originally published in the August 8, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. Ben Marcus is back to remind me I have…

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A.D. Miller: Snowdrops

This year’s Booker longlist is an interesting one for me, mainly because after looking into them I’m not actually interested in many of the books and find myself disappointed.  I’ve been thinking about whether that is appropriate given the fact I have now read only one of the books.  Well, it may not be fair…

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August Recommendations

I associate August with the winding down of summer and the beginning of a new school year.  I know for many people that association would connect better with September, but where I grew up the school year started in the middle of August so that we could take two weeks off…