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 written many in his 84 years. [...]
Trevor and Betsy take a look at William Trevor's astonishing "An Idyll in Winter," originally published in The Guardian.
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 find out more about Ogawa. [...]
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. Click for a larger image. Trevor My review of Nicole Krauss's Great House is one of the most viewed pages on [...]
Trevor reviews Alice Munro's "Dear Life," the final story in what she says will be her final collection Dear Life.
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 surprising given the judges' backgrounds. I [...]
Trevor reviews Alice Munro's "Voices," from Dear Life.
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. Click for a larger image. Though Kevin Canty has been around for a while (with four [...]
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 biography of Lísias in the magazine. [...]
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 and, though I'm sure it wasn't actually [...]
Trevor reviews "Night," from Alice Munro's Dear Life.