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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.

Agostino

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Agostino

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A lost Italian novella of mother-son devotion is this summer's least conventional beach read.
I’m Gone

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I’m Gone

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During the second half of the twentieth century, it was not unusual for Parisian artists and intellectuals — in France, these distinctions blur — to speak about their hometown with...
Utopia or Bust

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Utopia or Bust

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Is Marxism the "spirit of the times" for our world economy?

Quesadillas

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Quesadillas

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A Mexican family's comic woes vibrantly recall Greek mythology and the young James Joyce.

Hawthorn & Child

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Hawthorn & Child

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A philosophical detective story finds a dream state on the streets of London.

George Anderson: Notes for a Love Song in Imperial Time

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George Anderson: Notes for a Love Song in Imperial Time

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Can the CIA director's soul be saved by an editor's idiosyncratic methods?

The Eleven

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The Eleven

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The rise of a painter amid the French Revolution and the Terror that followed.

Lazarus Is Dead

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Lazarus Is Dead

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A biblical miracle is recast as an episode in the story of a long and unusual friendship.

With the Animals

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With the Animals

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A farmer who loves his cows more than his wife has his world turned upside down by the arrival of a migrant worker.

The Cyclist Conspiracy

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The Cyclist Conspiracy

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A dishwasher who becomes king and an order of bicycling monks caper through a deliberately head-spinning tale.

My Struggle: Book One

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My Struggle: Book One

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The first volume in the memoir of a "narrative wizard" confronts the author's contentious relationship with his father.

Satantango

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Satantango

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A Hungarian author's portrait of village life pulls no punches.