This excerpt from Alessandro Baricco’s new novel finds a famous writer drafting intense portraits, with surreal results.
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When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn’t enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.
A lost Italian novella of mother-son devotion is this summer’s least conventional beach read.
A young woman stumbles through London, pondering the hazards of her beauty.
A failed actor strikes a Faustian bargain: sex tapes, reality TV, and absolution.
A new translation of a noir cult classic lets fists and guns do the talking.
A tour through the world’s most populous archipelago finds a kaleidoscope of cultures.
In an essay from his new book, Sean Wilsey finds the ghost of Dostoyevsky hiding in West Texas.
The courageous life and times of a women’s suffrage heroine.
A smash-mouth story of fraternity in dire straits, with the soul of gruff rock ‘n’ roll.
About Chris F. Westbury’s debut novel, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, there is good news and bad. The bad news is that it is not quite the comic novel that its jacket copy promises. Like many novels […]
Asked about Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor said, “Nobody wants his mule and wagon stalled on the same track the Dixie Limited is roaring down.” Toni Morrison stayed on the rails, learned some things about ghost stories from Faulkner, and wrote her […]
I went to far northern Scotland twenty years ago. Would I take Lonely Planet? Aloneness was the whole point, so there was nothing to be gained. Moon? Parts of northern Scotland are lunar, which makes them cousins, and you can […]
“We were working late on the time machine in the little makeshift lab upstairs.” That’s the opening of the title story of Stuart Dybek’s new collection, Paper Lantern, and don’t you want to keep going? Since launching his career with […]