How a former sailor and bodybuilder became a pioneer of dark fantasy. Essay by Michael Dirda.
By JENNIE ROONEY
Cold War threats off mutual annihilation cast a long shadow in tale of idealism, love, betrayal, and mortality. Review by Anna Mundow.
By FRANÇOIS-RENÉ DE CHATEAUBRIAND
How the godfather of Romanticism posthumously published his legendary history of Napoleonic France. Review by Adam Kirsch.
The author of California on her influences, writing about marriage, and “the foreplay paragraph.”
A pursuit of music’s rarest recordings, from the fringes of the past to the bottom of the sea. Review by Colin Fleming.
An army man turned superhero patrols an island recalling Bogart’s Casablanca and Burroughs’s Interzone. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
This excerpt from Alessandro Baricco’s new novel finds a famous writer drafting intense portraits, with surreal results.
The 1940s odyssey of two sisters is a tale of maternal abandonment, Hollywood fate, and fortune’s unpredictability. Review by Heller McAlpin.
When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn’t enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.
A transatlantic view of pop music’s cultural triumph. Review by Robert Christgau.
A lost Italian novella of mother-son devotion is this summer’s least conventional beach read.
An iconoclast’s tale of timelines in flux proves one for the ages. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
A young woman stumbles through London, pondering the hazards of her beauty.