William Trevor: Death in Summer

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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 84Read More

Yoko Ogawa: Revenge

Review copy courtesy of Picador.

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.Read More

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 surprising given the judges’ backgrounds.Read More

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 reflective pieces, to me “Voices”Read More

Kevin Canty: “Mayfly”

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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 and three collections of shortRead More

Christopher S. Stewart: Jungleland

Review copy courtesy of HarperCollins.

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 itRead More

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 be much looser than herRead More