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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.

The Best Books in Translation of 2009

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The Best Books in Translation of 2009

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From Soviet-era satire to the conclusion of a literary spy epic, riveting reads from all over. Selected by Christopher Byrd.

Z.

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Z.

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A thriller as effective in its stylish satire as it is transparent in its political sympathies.
Plum Assignment

In the Margin

Plum Assignment

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Christopher Byrd writes: "In my reading life, I seldom encounter contemporary novels that impress me as natty candidates for a high school curriculum. Hang it on to the fact that I'm...
Memories of the Future

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Memories of the Future

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Short stories as dreams with barbs, from a satirist of Soviet life under Stalin.
The Protocols of the Elders of Sodom

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The Protocols of the Elders of Sodom

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The acceleration of the global news cycle and the boom in its consumptionthe Al Jazeera effect, if you will, have assured that these are inescapably political times...
The Last Days of Disco

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The Last Days of Disco

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That a movie with a get-happy soundtrack, a toothsome cast, a stockpile of zingers, and a gentle plotline should outfox popular tastesas demonstrated by its modest box office returns seems...
Rupert: A Confession

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Rupert: A Confession

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Scout's honor: On a purely linguistic level, there was something about Pfeijffer's sentences with their direct, unbuttoned elegance that reminded me of Philip Roth.
The Foundation Pit

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The Foundation Pit

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A searing satire details the human costs of the Soviet Union's monstrous ambition.
The Whole Difference: The Selected Writings of Hugo von Hofmannsthal

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The Whole Difference: The Selected Writings of Hugo von Hofmannsthal

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While familiar, perhaps, to opera buffs as Richard Strauss’ librettist, one assumes that for most English-language readers the name Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874–1929), like that of his...
The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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Directed by Peter Yates, The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) is a subdued crime drama. Set in and around the Boston area, the interior locations look well trodden; the bling factor doesn’t...
The Mighty Angel

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The Mighty Angel

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Wit is the life raft on the boozy waters that brace Jerzy Pilch’s The Mighty Angel. The winner of Poland’s 2001 NIKE Literary Award, this remorselessly enjoyable novel concerns the...
The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara & Lenin Play Chess

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The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara & Lenin Play Chess

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Right before one goes to sleep, and just after one wakes up, the mind is as supple as a wind-plucked reed. During these intervals where fancy scampers aloft, the drag of everyday perception...