Greil Marcus’s month in review spotlights spring awakenings, from Paris to West Virginia and back again.
By KAMEL DAOUD
A superb debut novel refocuses the story of Albert Camus’ “The Stranger” onto the Algerian man at its center, and his vengeful brother’s journey. Review by David Burr Gerrard.
By DAVID K. SHIPLER
A Pulitzer Prize winner has penned a history of liberated language. How does it fare in an age of trigger warnings and NSA wiretaps? Stefan Beck reports.
By GEORGI GOSPODINOV
An author tells the legends of his family, while announcing the minotaur as his spirit animal.
“Color in cave paintings? Next thing you know, two dimensions won’t be enough.”
A new look at the era in which the modern detective story — no supernatural explanations allowed — came of age. Review by Michael Dirda.
As part of our celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Discover Great New Writers, Elliott Holt looks back at an early selection: Jonathan Franzen’s earthquake thriller-meets-love-story.
This week in history: cable news hits the airwaves, accelerating journalism to a fever pitch.
Why the life of France’s first Jewish Prime Minister is more relevant than ever.
An unlikely marriage kicks off an exuberant satire on race and sexual identity, as well as a turn toward Shakespearean comedy.
A personal history explains why our cosmic travel is waning, and how NASA’s “heroic era” and “shuttle era” differ.
A story of Croatia’s War of Independence “tries to make sense of what happens after a child survives the worst that life can throw at her.”
In a new edition of a classic kitchen confidential, a culinary rebel holds numerous feet to the fire.
Two new poetry collections from a British hip-hop MC bring old gods to modern London.
The author of “The Given World” picks six war stories of brutality, humor, and beauty.
This week in history: Constantinople falls, as present-day implications take root.
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Discover Great New Writers program, Katherine A. Powers looks back at an early selection: Colm Toibin’s novel of a Irish exile in Catalonia.