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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

Trevor reviews Andrey Platonov’s posthumously published novel, Happy Moscow, translated from the Russian by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler. Read the full post.

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2012 National Book Award Winners

The National Book Award winners were announced tonight. Fiction: The Round House, by Louise Erdrich Nonfiction: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Poetry: Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations, by Davide Ferry Young People’s Literature: Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander

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Alice Munro: “To Reach Japan”

“To Reach Japan” is the first 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 story, about a woman’s desire to explore and the maternal guilt she suffers (and how,…

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Alice Munro: Dear Life

Alice Munro’s new collection of short stories, Dear Life (2012), is out today. I don’t know how many more Munro short stories we’re going to get since she is 81 and has threatened retirement before (thankfully, she didn’t carry through). Munro is my favorite living author. Her stories are both bitter and compassionate….

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Maile Meloy: “Demeter”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Maile Meloy’s “Demeter” was originally published in the November 19, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. A new Maile Meloy short story: a good way to start the week. “Demeter” was written…

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Gonçalo M. Tavares: The Neighborhood

I feel terrible that I’ve been negligent in reading Tavares, whose work started appearing in English a few years ago. After only a few paragraphs of The Neighborhood (O Bairro; tr. from the Portuguese by Roopanjali Roy, 2012) I knew I would be reading everything he puts out there, and thanks to Dalkey Archive…

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Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth: The Space Merchants

I don’t read a lot of science fiction these days, but it’s a genre I loved when I was growing up. Clearly, The Library of America knew what they were doing when they constructed their new science-fiction box set, because when I received the announcement for the collection I stared,…

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David Gilbert: “Member/Guest”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  David Gilbert’s “Member/Guest” was originally published in the November 12, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. When David Gilbert published The Normals in 2004, I read mostly bad reviews. Consequently, I…

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Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Time of Gifts

Trevor reviews the first book in Patrick Leigh Fermor’s three-book project about his walking trip across Europe in the early 1930s, A Time of Gifts. Read the full post.