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if, as roberto bolaño surmised in his speech accepting the prestigious premio rómulo gallegos prize (for the savage detectives), literature is indeed ...more
Jul 2008
Jun 24, 2008
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
on the dedication page of her landmark 1962 book, silent spring, rachel carson quoted humanitarian, biocentrist, and nobel peace prize winner albert s ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 26, 2013
Traveler of the Century
traveler of the century is an exquisite, dazzling work of fiction. its author, andrés neuman, is a young argentinian writer, born in 1977, whose relat ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 01, 2012
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
anyone that employs the phrase "a bird the color of feces" in their writing should be, for evermore, prohibited from publishing anything. i once hear ...more
Mar 2003
Nov 23, 2007
A Fighting Chance
that the daughter of an oklahoma telephone operator and a maintenance man would go on to become the first female senator of the commonwealth of massac ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 22, 2014
All the Names
"You know the name you were given, you do not know the name that you have," reads the epigraph of All the Names, a gorgeously written and captivating ...more
Nov 2004
Nov 22, 2007
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
the first volume in jeff vandermeer's southern reach trilogy, annihilation (to be followed by authority and acceptance in may and september of this ye ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 28, 2014
The Unknown University
at long last. the late roberto bolaño envisaged himself a poet above all else. despite being accomplished as both a novelist and short story writer, b ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 13, 2013
Talking to Ourselves: A Novel
if you somehow managed to overlook the 2012 translation of andrés neuman's breathtaking traveler of the century (and woe betide all whom continue to d ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 04, 2014
the tenth work of césar aira's to be translated into english (each published by new directions), conversations (las conversaciones) is another slim no ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 13, 2014
gonçalo tavares may very well be, in the coming months and years, the world's hottest literary sensation. born in 1970, the portuguese writer publishe ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 20, 2009
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
2013 will likely prove to be a very busy year for neil gaiman. with the publication of the ocean at the end of the lane (his first adult work since 20 ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 23, 2013
wow. for as arduous as mikhail shishkin's maidenhair (Венерин Волос) may have been to get into through the first hundred pages, its symphonic rewards ...more
Mar 2013
Feb 26, 2013
100 Love Sonnets
and to me she quoted him...

"no one else, love, will sleep in my dreams. you will go,
we will go together, over the waters of time.
no one else will trav
Aug 2007
Nov 26, 2007
If on a winter's night a traveler
for those with an amorous affair with books, this may, perhaps, be the ultimate love letter to the reader. calvino's novel, or more precisely, his boo ...more
Apr 2004
Nov 22, 2007
Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies
authentic topophilia can never be satisfied with a diet of sunny villages. the most fascinating places are often also the most disturbing, entrapping
Jul 2014
Jun 29, 2014
This is Not a Novel
the late david markson, even after his passing in 2010, will likely never achieve the wide acclaim he deserves. his experimental fiction couldn't poss ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 08, 2013
The Seamstress and the Wind
though most of césar aira's books tend to be slim affairs, they make up with inventiveness for whatever they may lack in length. the prolific argentin ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 14, 2011
The Elephant's Journey
shortly after he began writing the elephant’s journey in 2007, josé saramago was stricken with pneumonia and would conclude the year hospitalized in l ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 24, 2010
The Passion According to G.H.
published while in her early forties, the passion according to g.h. (a paixão segundo g.h.) is a mesmerizing, unsettling, and sometimes vertiginous wo ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 21, 2012
a slim, bibliocentric novella about a book proprietor and his infatuation with the elusive young woman who thieves his wares, severina is an enticing ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 23, 2013
The Dark
the third of sergio chejfec's works to appear in english translation, the dark (boca de lobo) is a rich, sometimes rueful rumination on a relationship ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 09, 2013
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
despite this not normally being my proverbial cup of tea, cheryl strayed's tiny beautiful things was profound, moving, and frequently devastating. i'm ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 26, 2014
The Complete Cosmicomics (Penguin Translated Texts)
collecting all of calvino's cosmicomics writings, the complete cosmicomics features 34 stories spanning some twenty years (or rather, billions, really ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 21, 2012
Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature
genius. beauty. vision. composition. patience. space. color. leaf. stick. stone. life.
Dec 2007
May 17, 2008
What We Leave Behind
“Industrial civilization is incompatible with life. It is systematically destroying life on this planet, undercutting its very basis. This culture is, ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 14, 2009
The Empathy Exams: Essays
war is bigger news than a girl having mixed feelings about the way some guy fucked her and didn't call. but i don't believe in a finite economy of em
May 2014
Apr 28, 2014
The Silence and the Roar
published in its original arabic some seven years before the syrian civil war began in 2011, the silence and the roar (al samt wal sakhab) is the firs ...more
Nov 2013
Nov 29, 2013
A Man: Klaus Klump
the world sometimes amputates the arms of men who are on the exterior side of the window. look at the world, the world's got a blade.
the first volum
Apr 2014
Apr 11, 2014
Advice from 1 Disciple of Marx to 1 Heidegger Fanatic
in the infrarealist manifesto bolaño writes, "the true imagination is the one that dymanites, elucidates, injects emerald microbes into other imagina
Sep 2013
Sep 30, 2013
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