Displaying articles for: July 2008

Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante

The dramatic life of an iconoclastic Italian writer. Read more...

Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World

The 16th-century clash of two civilizations produced some of the most memorable -- and bloody -- maritime battles in history. Read more...

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

A sharp-eyed cadet navigates the Kafkaesque terrain of Pakistan?s military hierarchy in this debut novel. Read more...

Beijing Coma

A Chinese family?s struggle with repression, echoing in the mind of a victim of Tiananmen Square. Read more...

Dark Rainbow

Paul Di Filippo looks at four new books that showcase the capacious possibilities within fantasy?s darker reaches. Read more...

Not in the Flesh

Ruth Rendell?s Inspector Wexford investigates an old body -- and continues to mourn society?s decline. Read more...

While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family

An author?s obsession with an enigmatic atrocity leads to a surprising confrontation with the aftermath of violence. Read more...

Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson

The underappreciated importance of the piano lesson. Read more...

The Library at Night

Memoir, history, and philosophy join together in the work of a committed bibliophile. Read more...

Slumberland

A quest for sound takes a DJ to post-Cold War Berlin in this picaresque send-up of racial and cultural preconceptions. Read more...

Of Weight and Loss: Four Memoirs

Sarah Norris on memoirs that chart attempts to reshape the self -- literally. Read more...

Before Green Gables

Can a classic of children?s literature survive a prequel? A lifelong fan reports. Read more...

This Land Is Their Land

The author of Nickel and Dimed takes aim at the powers that be. Read more...

The Story of Forgetting

In this debut novel, both the burden of memory and the terror of its loss take their toll. Read more...

Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond

The muse goes global in an international anthology of contemporary poetry. Read more...

Dinosaurs on the Roof

An imagined afterlife is at the core of this domestic drama. Read more...

The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Nations Rise

Where should the next captain steer the ship of state? Read more...

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

A voiceless young man and his canine companions are the center of a reimagined Hamlet. Read more...

Prague in Danger

An account -- both personal and historical -- of life during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia Read more...

Exiles

A terrible shipwreck moves a tormented poet to return to his craft, in a novel based on the life of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Read more...

The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes -- and Why

The stories of survivors yield insights into how ordinary people can face extraordinary dangers. Read more...

The White King

A debut novel maps the uncertain terrain of a boy?s life in Ceauçescu?s Romania. Read more...

The Americans

Half a century later, the photographer?s images still contain unsettling power. Read more...

America America

A politician and his patron shoot for the White House and fall from grace. Read more...

Sleeping It Off in Rapid City

Poems new and old consider manhood, travel, and America itself. Read more...

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.