Displaying articles for: February 2011

A Posthumous Confession

A Dostoevskian tale of murderer, newly translated by the Nobel Prize-winning author of Disgrace.


Embroidered Ground

A dedicated author and gardener shines new light on her three-acre masterpiece.


I Think I Love You

Adolescent anxieties and popstar pinups are at the heart of this tale of a girl's coming of age and first love.


A Red Herring Without Mustard

An eleven-year-old sleuth cycles through 1950s England, in pursuit of a gypsy's murderer.


The Poison Tree

A chilling tale of crime and consequences set amid the pleasure-seekers of 1990s London.


April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."