Raúl Zurita's INRI is a powerful volume of poetry that makes the sea, mountains, rivers, deserts, and fields of Chile a tomb for the disappeared of Pinochet's reign. The sky is the tombstone. It's a stunning book, coming to us now in a translation from the Spanish by William Rowe.
Ryan O’Neill: Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers
Paul reviews Ryan O'Neill's Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers.
Trevor and Betsy return to Alice Munro's work, looking at "The Jack Randa Hotel," from her collection Open Secrets.
After nearly a decade, I return to the work of William Maxwell. They Came Like Swallows is Maxwell's second novel and often listed as one of his masterpieces alongside So Long, See You Tomorrow. Here are my thoughts.
Paul reviews Ófeigur Sigurðsson's Öræfi: The Wasteland, translated from the Icelandic by Lytton Smith.
Paul reviews Jen Craig's 2015 novella, Panthers and the Museum of Fire.
Trevor reviews David Grann's latest, The White Darkness, a look at Henry Worsley and his polar exploration.
After a bit of a break, Trevor and Betsy return to their ongoing reading of Alice Munro's work. This week they look at the title story from Open Secrets.
Paul reviews this year's Man Booker Prize winning novel, Milkman, by Anna Burns.
This week marks one of the biggest events in this publishing year: Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl is finally here in all of its glory. Translated from the German by Damion Searls and published by NYRB Classics, this is the best book I've read this year (and I'm still reading it!).