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Christopher Byrd is a writer who lives in New York. His reviews have appeared in publications such as The New York Times Book Review, The American Prospect, The Believer, The Guardian , The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Wilson Quarterly.

Berlin Alexanderplatz

REDISCOVERY

Berlin Alexanderplatz

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Why Alfred Döblin's portrait of a restive German capital between the wars speaks urgently today.
Extend and Pretend

CURRENT EVENTS

Extend and Pretend

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Two works of fiction bring to daunting life the human consequences of an economic crisis. By Christopher Byrd.
Making It

MEMOIR

Making It

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Ambition, code switching, envy and obsession: revisiting Norman Podhoretz's memoir "Making It," writes Christopher Byrd, reveals not just a portrait, but a mirror....
Zero K

FICTION

Zero K

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In Don DeLillo's fiction, words are the last line of defense. Review by Christopher Byrd.
On the Edge

FICTION

On the Edge

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Why Rafael Chirbes's portrait of a Spanish community devasted by the financial crisis is the novel the world needs now. Review by Christopher Byrd.
Counternarratives

SHORT STORIES

Counternarratives

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A unique writer - able to find the poetry in world history - delivers a collection of stories spanning generations and nations, each set amongst enslaved peoples. Review by Christopher Byrd
“Dust jackets on the wrong spines”: Joshua Cohen on Book of Numbers

INTERVIEW

“Dust jackets on the wrong spines”: Joshua Cohen on Book of Numbers

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The novelist talks with Christopher Byrd about search engines, identity, and the art of throwing nothing away.
The Physics of Sorrow

FICTION

The Physics of Sorrow

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An author tells the legends of his family, while announcing the minotaur as his spirit animal....
Midnight in the Century

FICTION

Midnight in the Century

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How a writer's true-life tussle with Stalin's police became a rich novel of exile and resistance.
Street of Thieves

FICTION

Street of Thieves

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The misadventures of a Moroccan man intersect with the Arab Spring and European financial crisis.
Our Lady of the Nile

Reviews & Essays

Our Lady of the Nile

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A Rwandan boarding school is home to the nation's best and brightest young women -- and their fears for their country's future.

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The Symmetry Teacher

Reviews & Essays

The Symmetry Teacher

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A Russian novel-within-a-novel unfolds with origami precision.