January 2013

William Trevor: Death in Summer

By | 2013-01-31T01:49:21+00:00 January 31st, 2013|Categories: William Trevor|

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. [...]


Yoko Ogawa: Revenge

By | 2013-01-29T13:06:26+00:00 January 29th, 2013|Categories: Yoko Ogawa|

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. [...]

Nicole Krauss: “Zusya on the Roof”

By | 2013-01-29T03:05:37+00:00 January 28th, 2013|Categories: New Yorker Fiction, Nicole Krauss|

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 [...]

The 2013 Man Booker International Prize Finalists

By | 2013-01-24T12:17:24+00:00 January 24th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky: Memories of the Future

By | 2014-06-05T17:01:34+00:00 January 22nd, 2013|Categories: Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky|Tags: , , |

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.


Kevin Canty: “Mayfly”

By | 2013-01-21T15:29:55+00:00 January 21st, 2013|Categories: Kevin Canty, New Yorker Fiction|

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: “Evo Morales”

By | 2013-01-18T12:43:08+00:00 January 18th, 2013|Categories: Ricardo Lísias|

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. [...]


Christopher S. Stewart: Jungleland

By | 2013-01-17T13:41:10+00:00 January 17th, 2013|Categories: Christopher S. Stewart|

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 [...]