Kafka: The Years of Insight

Reiner Stach presents an additional volume of his staggering biography of Franz Kafka, this time focusing on the writer’s final years during the malaise and cynicism of World War I that gave rise to his most influential masterpieces.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…