- July 17th, 2016
Alessandro Baricco’s thirteenth novel, The Young Bride, is spoken by the title character, now 53 and experiencing a “sudden disintegration” and “an uncontrolled collapse of my personal life.” But this is no illness narrative. Baricco (b.
- June 29th, 2016on New Non-Fiction: Russia’s Criminalization, Female Delinquents at Samarkand Manor & a Diary of the Nazi Occupation of France
The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship Under Yeltsin and Putin by David Satter (Yale)
Bad Girls at Samarcand: Sexuality and Sterilization in a Southern Juvenile Reformatory by Karin L. Zipf (Louisiana State University Press)
- June 25th, 2016on Something Will Happen, You’ll See, stories by Christos Ikonomou, tr. by Karen Emmerich (Archipelago Books)
In March 2015, the editors of Der Spiegel met with a group of six influential Greeks for a roundtable discussion on relations between Germany and Greece.
- June 20th, 2016on New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America, by Wendy Warren (Liveright/W.W. Norton)
A probate record filed in Suffolk County, Massachusetts in 1661 lists “An Inventory of all such Goods Mr John Stoughton died possest of.” His estate included the following:
1 Stone horse, 1 Gelding Lame & Sickly
one man Negro named John & one Negro boy named Peter
One beam Scales & 882 of Leaden waights
Three bbs flower, 2 firkins of butter, bad
- May 30th, 2016
If You Can Tell is James McMichael’s sixth book of poems, not including The World At Large (1996), his selected collection. He has produced a book every decade or so. When a new one appears, I gather all of his titles and read them again.
- May 23rd, 2016on Villa Triste (Other Press) and Young Once (New York Review of Books), two novels by Patrick Modiano
American readers asked a collective “Who?” when French novelist Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2014.