Category Archive: fiction

THE OGRES HERE ARE REAL: Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’

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Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant (Faber & Faber, 2015) by R.A. Davis The novels of Kazuo Ishiguro all celebrate the same singularly human skill: the mind’s ability to evade an insistent and monstrous… Continue reading

CARLOS GAMERRO, BARILOCHE AND ITS “SCHIZOPHRENIC MOOD”

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Editor Rebecca DeWald travelled to Argentina and took books of and about Argentine literature with her, a literature which is receiving more and more attention in English at the moment. In this thread,… Continue reading

GERMAN HISTORY IN FICTION: A Conversation with Fiona Rintoul

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Translator and German literary scholar Anne Stokes met Fiona Rintoul to talk about her translation of the WWI novel Outside Verdun by Arnold Zweig, Rintoul’s own debut novel The Leipzig Affair, set in… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Rebecca DeWald

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Agua by Eduardo Berti, translated by Alexander Cameron and Paul Buck (Pushkin Press, 2003 [1997]) This short novel came to me by way of the Argentine Travelogue I began early in 2014 and… Continue reading

READER READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Jay Andrew

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Naomi Foyle, Astra (2014) A very well developed and realised world, packed with rich characters. The protagonist Astra is growing up in a future society which superficially seems like an environmentally sustainable idyll where young people are… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Mark West

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George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (2013) This is a genuine 21st century masterpiece. The comparisons with Dos Passos’ U.S.A. Trilogy do not do it a disservice, neither does the suggestion that this… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Laurie Donaldson

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James Ellroy, Perfidia (2014) As with each new Ellroy, for me this was an event. I am not a natural fanboy – reading is a lifelong pleasure, a resource, a cave, but I am not… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Michael O’Brien

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Philip José Farmer, The Unreasoning Mask (1983) This brilliant science-fiction narrative is centred on the quest of Ramstan, who has stolen an immensely powerful, sentient technological device, named the glyfa, from the planet Tenolt where it… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Laura Waddell

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Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things To Me (2014) A series of essays themed around gender and inequality (among them an experience which prompted a reader to coin the popular term “mansplaining”), Men Explain Things to Me is… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Jessica Sequeira

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José Bianco, Ficción y Reflexión (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1988) This book is an anthology of texts by Argentine editor, translator, literary critic and novelist José “Pepe” Bianco (1908-1986), secretary of the renowned magazine Sur for 23 years. Borges,… Continue reading