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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

Written in Moscow between 1926 and 1930, in the decade following the October Revolution, the seven pieces that make up Memories of the Future (tr. from the Russian by Joanne Turnbull, 2009) are surprisingly critical of Soviet life, even bitter. Consequently, they, along with most of Krzhizhanovsky’s works, were never published during Krzhizhanovsky’s lifetime. Most were not…

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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…