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Paul La Farge is the author of two novels: The Artist of the Missing and Haussmann, or the Distinction.

Memoirs of a Polar Bear

FICTION

Memoirs of a Polar Bear

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In Yoko Tawada's fabulist novel, three generations of bears ask us to think about empathy and how we know what we believe we do. Review by Paul La Farge.
The Last Samurai

REDISCOVERY

The Last Samurai

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Paul La Farge revisit's Helen DeWitt's novel in which intellectual playfulness is at the core of a boy's education....
A Naked Singularity

Reviews & Essays

A Naked Singularity

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A public defender's tragicomic exploits are at the heart of a boldly exuberant debut novel.

The Pale King

Reviews & Essays

The Pale King

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Setin an office of IRS auditors, David Foster Wallace's posthumously publishedbook is a novel about boredom that's filled with surprise.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Reviews & Essays

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

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A tale of love and intrigue set in the cultural cross-currents of 19th-century Nagasaki, from the author of Cloud Atlas.

Noir

Reviews & Essays

Noir

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A master of the sentence sends a P.I. in pursuit of the mysteries lurking in the detective novel.
About a Mountain

Reviews & Essays

About a Mountain

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Plans for the nation's largest nuclear waste dump inspire a look at the city in its shadow.

Generosity: An Enhancement

Reviews & Essays

Generosity: An Enhancement

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Scientists and scribes pursue happiness in the new novel from the author of Galatea 2.2.
Imperial

Reviews & Essays

Imperial

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The author of Europe Central takes on the history and current state of a vast borderland, in a book almost as big as his subject.
The Lost City of Z

Reviews & Essays

The Lost City of Z

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An Amazonian Shangri-la and the hapless adventurers who sought its secrets.
The Development

Reviews & Essays

The Development

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Metafiction among the McMansions.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Reviews & Essays

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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The idiosyncratic novelist tells the true story of his long-running race against his own body's limits.