Category Archives: Fiction

The Hare

César Aira, 1991 Translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor, 1998 “One can think one is always in the middle of a dream, precisely because of the consistence of reality, because it continues and keeps on going, though we have … Continue reading

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Submission

Michel Houellebecq, 2015 Translated from the French by Lorin Stein, 2015 I picked up a copy of Submission during the week of November 8th following the election. The jacket cover and bookseller note card both described Submission as a dark comic satire of French … Continue reading

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Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens

László Krasznahorkai, 2004 Translated from the Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet, 2015 An author with a voice and perspective unlike any other, Krasznahorkai writes compelling stories that are a special blend of the macabre and the beautiful. His narrative style is characteristically … Continue reading

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My Struggle Book Three: Boyhood

Karl Ove Knausgård, 2009 Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett, 2014 “Time never goes as fast as in your childhood; an hour is never as short as it was then. Everything is open, you run here, you run there, do … Continue reading

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The Physics of Sorrow

Georgi Gospodinov, 2011 Translated from the Bulgarian by Angela Rodel “The physics of sorrow – initially the classical physics thereof – was the subject of my pursuits for several years. Sorrow, like gases and vapors, does not have its own … Continue reading

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The Story of My Teeth

Valeria Luiselli, 2015 Translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney, 2015 The Story of My Teeth is a beautifully bound book told in 10 short, but disjointed chapters that unfortunately don’t make any sense or provide any meaningful insight. When I … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Portable Literature

Enrique Vila-Matas, 1985 Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean & Thomas Bunstead, 2015 “as is well known, to be born is to begin to die.” (13) A Brief History of Portable Literature is a brief novella with much to … Continue reading

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