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William Trevor: Death in Summer

Over the past few years I’ve developed a deep love for William Trevor’s short stories. Particularly this past month, regular visitors here have caught wind of this (and hopefully have sought him out if they did not already know his work). But until now, I had never read one of his novels, and he’s…

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William Trevor: “An Idyll in Winter”

Trevor and Betsy discuss: Trevor Our post on William Trevor’s “The Women” (here) has become one of the most viewed posts on this site. It is the top post for the past six months, though it’s been up for only a few weeks of those months. It is an exceptional…

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Yoko Ogawa: Revenge

I’ve been hearing about Yoko Ogawa for a few years now, but I haven’t read her books and really didn’t even know what they were about. But there was something striking and terrifying about her new book Revenge (Kamoku na shigai, 1998; tr. from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder, 2013). Time to…

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Nicole Krauss: “Zusya on the Roof”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Nicole Krauss’s “Zusya on the Roof” was originally published in the February 4, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Trevor My review of Nicole Krauss’s Great House is one of the most viewed pages on this…

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Alice Munro: “Dear Life”

“Dear Life” is the fourteenth and final story in Alice Munro’s short story collection Dear Life. For an overview of the book and links to my reviews of its other stories, please click here. I really didn’t want to finish this short story collection, which came out last November but…

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The 2013 Man Booker International Prize Finalists

The ten Man Booker International Prize Finalists are: U R Ananthamurthy (India) Aharon Appelfeld (Israel) Lydia Davis (USA) Intizar Husain (Pakistan) Yan Lianke (China) Marie NDiaye (France) Josip Novakovich (Canada) Marilynne Robinson (USA) Vladimir Sorokin (Russia) Peter Stamm (Switzerland) This marks the second time in a row that there have been no Latin American authors, not that that’s at all…

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Alice Munro: “Voices”

“Voices” is the thirteenth story in Alice Munro’s short story collection Dear Life. For an overview of the book and links to my reviews of its other stories, please click here. Though each of the final four stories in Dear Life (if not each of the stories in this collection) are…

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Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky: Memories of the Future

Trevor reviews Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s posthumously published collection of short stories, Memories of the Future, translated from the Russian by Joanne Turnbull. Read the full post.

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Kevin Canty: “Mayfly”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Kevin Canty’s “Mayfly” was originally published in the January 28, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Though Kevin Canty has been around for a while (with four novels…

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Ricardo Lísias: “Evo Morales”

Ricardo Lísias’s “Evo Morales” (tr. from the Portuguese by Nick Caistor) is the fourth 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. Before I read “Evo Morales” I read the tiny…

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Christopher S. Stewart: Jungleland

I briefly discussed my fascination with lost civilizations when I reviewed David Grann’s The Lost City of Z (my review here). As much as I enjoyed that book, it still left a hollow feeling in the end. After all, David Grann’s own journey, which he recounts in alternate chapters of the book, was relatively uneventful…

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Alice Munro: “Night”

“Night” is the twelfth story in Alice Munro’s short story collection Dear Life. For an overview of the book and links to my reviews of its other stories, please click here. In “Night” we continue the “autobiographical in feeling” stories in the “finale” of Munro’s collection. These four pieces seem to…

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William McPherson: Testing the Current

Trevor reviews William McPherson’s 1984 novel, Testing the Current. Read the full post.

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Story Prize Finalists Announced

The three finalists for the Story Prize were announced today (click here to see their release). The winner will be announced on March 13. Stay Awake, by Dan Chaon This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Díaz Battleborn, by Claire Vaye Watkins

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NBCC Award Finalists Announced

Today the National Book Critics Circle announced its finalists for the 2012 publishing year (click here for their release). The winners will be announced on February 28: Fiction HHhH, by Laurent Binet, tr. from the French by Sam Taylor Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain The Orphan Master’s…

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Tessa Hadley: “Experience”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Tessa Hadley’s “Experience” was originally published in the January 21, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Trevor Though not nearly as high as the excitement I felt last week when we got a new story from…

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Bonus Episode: NYRB Classics’ Early 2013 Releases

It’s always exciting to see what NYRB Classics has coming out. In this episode we look at what they’ll be releasing from January to June 2013. Which three did Brian put a frowny face next too? What are our most anticipated releases? Please let us know if you’ve read any…

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Episode 4: Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s Memories of the Future

Though not officially state policy until 1932, socialist realism had been the unofficial type of art in Russia since the October Revolution of 1917, when the Bolsheviks sought to put art into the service of the state. Art had to be easily understood and should convey a positive message about…

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William Trevor: “The Women”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  William Trevor’s “The Women” was originally published in the January 14, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Trevor It was a beautiful thing to find a new William…

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Alice Munro: “The Eye”

“The Eye” is the eleventh story in Alice Munro’s short story collection Dear Life. For an overview of the book and links to my reviews of its other stories, please click here. With “The Eye” we enter into the last four stories in Dear Life, which Munro sets off in a separate section entitled “Finale.”…