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The Paris Review (The Paris Review #196)

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Table of Contents


Roberto Bolaño, The Third Reich: Part I
Joshua Cohen, Emission


Ann Beattie, The Art of Fiction No. 209
Janet Malcolm, The Art of Nonfiction No. 4


Chris Andrews, Two Poems
Various Authors, Five Poems of Kabbalah
Stephen Dunn, Leaving the Empty Room
Linda Gregerson, Slaters’ Measure
Clare Rossini, The Nitro


Pavel Zoubok, Collage


Journal, 254 pages
Published 2011 by The Paris Review Foundation Inc.

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This issue has the first third of Roberto Bolano's posthumously published novel, The Third Reich. Also interviews with Janet Malcolm and Ann Beattie.
Ken Northington
Of note to me was the piece by Édouard Levé, "When I Look at a Strawberry, I Think of a Tongue." A cubist prose piece that inspired me to write a cubist prose poem I titled, "Fragments Make Me a Person." I share his fixation on his subject matter of choice, so I like this piece, and reading about his life as a writer.

I was also introduced to Ann Beattie, who quickly became a female author I had affinity for, after reading Walks with Men. Very happy to have discovered her.

Other really good storie
Daniel Chaikin
The Robert Bolano section, from a posthumously discovered, but early and not highly regarded novel, was my introduction to Balono and has led me to by the rest of the book (title, "The Third Reich"). The interviews are quite interesting. Ann Beattie's interview was fascinating, but won't lead me to read here books. Janet Malcolm's interview was only OK, but she came across as fascinating. I would like to read her book "The Journalist and the Murderer". Also some fascinating translations of poems ...more
Great translations of the Kaballah poetry, really amazing. Also I am trying to read Bolano's "unfinished" finished novel the Third Reich the slow way, issue by issue. My first introduction to him after, as is my habit, resisting him for a time as my friends profusely gushed about him for years. I work backwards. But I could jut be an a__hole
Loved the essay about the unnamed caves. Added many new books to my reading list after reading the interview with Ann Beattie. Put The Third Reich by Robert Bolano on hold at the library after reading Part 1 of this novel.
Édouard Levé's prose-poem/photo-essay "When I Look at a Strawberry, I Think of a Tongue", the excerpt of Bolaño's forthcoming novel "The Third Reich", and the collage portfolio are all awesome in this issue.
Five stars for the Bolano, three-to-four stars for everything else.
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Roberto Bolano's latest, the Third Reich, starts here!
Bob Lopez
The first part of the Bolano novel is particularly good.
Rose Gowen
Leve, Sullivan, Malcolm
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