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Liesl Schillinger is a New York-based writer and translator. She is the translator of The Lady of the Camellias, by Alexandre Dumas Fils, and the author of an illustrated book of neologisms, Wordbirds.

Lincoln in the Bardo

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Lincoln in the Bardo

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The 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction goes to George Saunders. Liesl Schillinger reviews his prize-winning novel of grief, love and transcendence.
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

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The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

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One of the foremost chroniclers of the Putin era dives deep into how the trauma of the Soviet era still grips Russia today. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
The Girl from the Metropol Hotel

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The Girl from the Metropol Hotel

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The terrible privations of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's Soviet-era childhood were later sublimated into magical fiction. They had to be survived first. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
Moonglow

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Moonglow

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Michael Chabon's new novel takes an enigma from his grandparents' lives as the first move in a game with shifting rules. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
The Nix

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The Nix

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In Nathan Hill's debut novel, an apparent attack on a right-wing politician puts a supposed former radical in the headlines, and prompts her son to pursue the mystery of why she left him. Review...
Grand Hotel

REDISCOVERY

Grand Hotel

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Intrigue! Romance! Despair! Room Service! Liesl Schillinger reads a new edition of the novel that inspired a film genre.
Daredevils

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Daredevils

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In Shawn Vestal's debut novel, a young woman's escape route from a life she didn't choose intersects with a 1970s folk hero. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
In Other Words

LANGUAGE

In Other Words

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A novelist's love affair with a new language yields a portrait of the artist elided by her fiction. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

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Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

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Sunil Yapa's fictional treatment of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle seeks out a "higher law" in the chaos of competing causes. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
Vasilisa the Beautiful

FAIRY TALES

Vasilisa the Beautiful

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A new edition of a classic Russian story of magic and heroism comes with illustrations to dazzle and delight. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
Purity

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Purity

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Jonathan Franzen's new novel wraps a game of hidden identities around a story of digital muckrakers and cultish activists. Review by Liesl Schillinger
My Struggle, Book Four: Dancing in the Dark

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My Struggle, Book Four: Dancing in the Dark

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The next chapter of a Norwegian memoir-turned-phenomenon finds the author as a young substitute teacher craving sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.