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Alice Munro: “In Sight of the Lake”

“In Sight of the Lake” is the ninth story in Alice Munro’s new short story collection, Dear Life. For an overview of the book and links to my reviews of its other stories, please click here. This story first appeared in Granta 118: Exit Strategies. I found it to be…

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Miguel Del Castillo: “Violeta”

Miguel Del Castillo’s “Violeta” (tr. from the Portuguese by Amanda Hopkinson) is the second story in Granta 121: The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists. For an overview of the issue and links to my reviews of its other stories, please click here. “Violeta,” like “Animals,” appears to be another story that takes…

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Episode 3: Milton Rokeach’s The Three Christs of Ypsilanti

In the summer of 1959, Milton Rokeach, a social psychologist at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, brought together three patients: Clyde Benson, Joseph Cassel, and Leon Gabor, each of whom believed himself to be Jesus Christ. Rokeach hoped that spending time with others claiming the same identity would shake each man…

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Antonya Nelson: “Literally”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Antonya Nelson’s “Literally” was originally published in the December 3, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I am hit-and-miss with Antonya Nelson. On the one hand, from her various successes, I recognize that she is an exceptional…

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Michel Laub: “Animals”

Michel Laub’s ”Animals” (“Animais”; tr. from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa) is the first story in Granta 121: The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists. For an overview of the issue and links to my reviews of its other stories, please click here. Divided into twenty-four short, single-paragraphed segments, “Animals” might be drawn, at…

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Granta 121 — The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists

I returned from Brazil a little over twelve years ago. I lived up north in the cities on the Amazon, learned the language (which is gorgeous), and loved the climate, the people, and the culture, obviously so different from the western United States where I’d grown up. When I returned…

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Alice Munro: “Train”

“Train” is the eighth story in Alice Munro’s new short story collection, Dear Life. For an overview of the book and links to my reviews of its other stories, please click here. “Train,” first published in the April 2012 issue of Haper’s magazine, is one of the longer pieces in this…

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Mo Yan: “Bull”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Mo Yan’s “Bull” (tr. from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt) was originally published in the November 26, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. This week’s story is an excerpt from Pow!, the forthcoming books from this year’s Nobel Prize…

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Alice Munro: “Pride”

“Pride” is the sixth story in Alice Munro’s new short story collection, Dear Life. For an overview of the book and links to my reviews of its other stories, please click here. The narrator of “Pride” is a man with a hare-lip, making this one of only a few Munro…

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Andrey Platonov: Happy Moscow

Andrey Platonov has been called the greatest Russian prose stylist of the twentieth century (see here). I had never read anything by him, though I’ve looked longingly at the NYRB Classics editions of Soul, a collection of various works (one of which Penelope Fitzgerald called one of the “three great…