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it was amazing
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
Traveler of the Century
it was amazing
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
All the Names
it was amazing
"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
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
did not like it
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
Beauty Is a Wound
it was amazing
a beautiful, stirring, and powerful epic of indonesian politics and family, eka kurniawan's beauty is a wound (cantik itu luka) must surely be conside ...more
Sep 2015
Sep 26, 2015
Sudden Death
it was amazing
it's no coincidence that when speaking of someone's death in mexico we say he "hung up his tennis shoes," that he "went out tennis shoes first." we a
Nov 2015
Nov 13, 2015
The Story of My Teeth
really liked it
with faces in the crowd , it seemed rather evident that we'd only begun to see the depths of valeria luiselli's literary talents - given that the you ...more
May 2015
May 25, 2015
The Land at the End of the World
it was amazing
with nearly two dozen books to his name, antónio lobo antunes is unquestionably portugal's greatest and most accomplished living novelist. there are m ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 01, 2011
Thus Bad Begins
really liked it
indeed, freedom is the first thing that fearful citizens are prepared to give up. so much so that they often ask to lose it, ask for it to be taken a
Jul 2016
Jul 30, 2016
it was amazing
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 No World Concerto
it was amazing
antoni garcía porta is a spanish novelist with some half dozen novels to his name. the no world concerto (concierto del no mundo) is the first of his ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 07, 2013
Talking to Ourselves
it was amazing
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
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
liked it
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
it was amazing
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
Zero K
liked it
"catastrophe is built into the early brain."
while respecting his place in american letters, i've never been overly fond of delillo's books (or at le
Jan 2016
Jan 24, 2016
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
it was amazing
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
Such Small Hands
really liked it
the third of andrés barba's books to be translated into english (after rain over madrid and august, october), such small hands (las manos pequeñas) ma ...more
Apr 11, 2017
Apr 11, 2017
really liked it
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
it was amazing
"the funeral march has begun, and it is futile for those of us who remain loyal to the printed page to protest and rage in the midst of our despair." ...more
May 2012
May 15, 2012
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
really liked it
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
The Seamstress and the Wind
it was amazing
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
This Is Not a Novel
it was amazing
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 Tanners
really liked it
in the tanners, as in much of walser's writing, his singular style is what captivates most. walser's works tend to be thinly plotted, yet the reader i ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 18, 2009
Target in the Night
really liked it
"ethics is like love," renzi said. "if you live in the present, consequences don't matter. if you think about the past, it's because you've already l
Sep 2015
Sep 02, 2015
liked it
for a slim novella, bonsai sure has attracted considerable attention. penned by a thirty-something chilean poet, the brief work was awarded the 2006 c ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 21, 2009
The Elephant's Journey
it was amazing
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
A General Theory of Oblivion
really liked it
the days slide by as if they were liquid. i have no more notebooks to write in. i have no more pens either. i write on the walls, with pieces of char
Dec 2015
Dec 06, 2015
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
really liked it
how were such things to be understood? it was easier to believe that Chance, always the hidden principle of the universe, was joining forces with all
Jun 2015
Jun 23, 2015
You Don't Love Me Yet
did not like it
no, i most certainly do not, and if you keep writing like this, i never will. reads like an overreaching first attempt at fiction. the only thing wors ...more
Jan 2007
Nov 23, 2007
A Brief History of Portable Literature
really liked it
enrique vila-matas, spanish writer extraordinaire, has done it again: weaving literary history into a fictional exploration of some of the previous ce ...more
May 2015
May 19, 2015
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