Gyula Krúdy: The Adventures of Sindbad

Trevor reviews Gyula Krúdy’s The Adventures of Sindbad, translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes. Read the full post.


Albert Cossery: The Colors of Infamy

Last year I reviewed Albert Cossery’s 1975 novel A Splendid Conspiracy (my review here).  It was one of the Cossery books that sparked a bit of a Cossery rival (at least, among the blogs I follow, if not among the general public).  It was published by New Directions at about the same time NYRB Classics published Cossery’s The…

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César Aira: “The Musical Brain”

Trevor reviews César Aira’s “The Musical Brain,” translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews, from the December 5, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. Read the full post.

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Alice Munro: “Leaving Maverley”

Trevor reviews Alice Munro’s “Leaving Maverley,” from the November 28, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. Read the full post.


Joan Didion: Blue Nights

After the success of Joan Didion’s 2005 book The Year of Magical Thinking, it is unlikely people don’t know the tragic event that became the cause of writing that book: the death of Didion’s husband on the evening of December 30, 2003, after the couple had visited their adopted daughter, Quintana, who, days before the death, was…


Sam Lipsyte: “The Climber Room”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Sam Lipsyte’s “The Climber Room” was originally published in the November 21, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. I’m just not becoming a fan of Sam Lipsyte’s work.  I have not…


2011 National Book Awards Winners

Tonight the winners of the 2011 National Book Awards were announced. Fiction: Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward Nonfiction: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt Poetry: Head Off and Split, by Nikky Finney Young Peoples’ Literature: Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai Despite the fact that…


Steven Millhauser: “Miracle Polish”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage.  Steven Millhauser’s “Miracle Polish” was originally published in the November 14, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. It’s always a good week when Steven Millhauser is in The New Yorker.  I actually read this piece on Monday but…


2011 Giller Prize Winner

Tonight Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan, won the 2011 Giller Prize! I did really like that book, which was also shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize. Here is a list of the shortlisted books, as well as links to the reviews the Shadow Giller cooked up for them. The Free World,…


Lynn Coady: The Antagonist

Tonight the 2011 Giller Prize will be announced.  You already know that we on the Shadow Jury already picked David Bezmozgis’s The Free World (my review here), but it wasn’t the easiest choice to make.  I liked five books on the shortlist, four of them very much indeed, including this one, The Antagonist (2011), which is…


2011 Shadow Giller Winner

If you haven’t already, please go over to KevinfromCanada’s blog to see who won the Shadow Giller’s vote (click here).  We all really enjoyed this year’s shortlist and the longlist, and we had a difficult time choosing the ultimate winner.  I still need to review one book on the shortlist,…


Tessa Hadley: “The Stain”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Tessa Hadley’s “The Stain” was originally published in the November 7, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. I haven’t had a chance to read Hadley’s third fiction offering this year…


November Recommendations — Novellas

Though I never caught wind of any genuine controversy (certainly nothing that came close to the scope of the controversy the judges’ statements sparked), after Julian Barnes won this year’s Man Booker Prize for his “short novel” The Sense of an Ending (my review here) there were still questions about whether the…