2013: Reads of the Year – Tom White

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Craig Dworkin No Medium (2013, MIT Press) A series of brilliant (re)readings of works blank, erased, clear or silent, from the fictional collection of poems at the start of Cocteau’s Orphée to artist Nick Thurston’s erased copy… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Henry King

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The Rivers North of the Future: The Testament of Ivan Illich (2005, House of Anansi Press) This book of interviews radically extends the work Illich became famous for in the 1970s (Deschooling Society, Tools… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Mark West

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Three American novels blew me away this year: A.M. Homes May We Be Forgiven (2013, Granta) A masterclass in form and technique, Homes’s novel has the driest narrative voice I’ve read in a while: deadpan,… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Karyn Dougan

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Juliet Conlin The Fractured Man (Cargo, 2013) Brilliant plotting meets magnificent writing – The Fractured Man by Juliet Conlin is one of the most dazzling debuts of 2013. Written with elegant exuberance and completely absorbing,… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Rebecca DeWald

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Iosi Havilio Open Door (And Other Stories, 2013 [2006]); translated by Beth Fowler) Argentine literature in English is having a revival, with the large amount of books being translated only comparable to “el boom” of… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Andrew Rubens

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Walter Benjamin Baudelaire. Edited by Giorgio Agamben, Barbara Chitussi et Clemens-Carl Härle, with an introduction by Giorgio Agamben (La Fabrique, 2013) Giorgio Agamben stumbled upon Benjamin’s lost manuscripts in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Calum Gardner

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Paula Meehan Dharmakaya (Carcarnet, 2000) Seeing Meehan read at the StAnza poetry festival in St Andrews in March prompted me to investigate her work in more detail; a picture of contemporary Irish writing is really… Continue reading

CABINET OF CURIOSITY: Daniel Canty’s Wigrum

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Daniel Canty Wigrum translated by Oana Avasilichioaei (Vancouver: Talon Books, 2013) by Calum Gardner The “cabinet of curiosity” was once a staple of the private home of the wealthy eccentric, containing unique and unusual objects from… Continue reading

LOVERS AND DEMONS: Bethany Ruth Anderson’s Swings and Roundabouts

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Bethany Ruth Anderson Swings and Roundabouts (Bamboccioni Books, 2013) by Karyn Dougan New Scottish author Bethany Ruth Anderson has teamed-up with new Scottish-based publisher Bamboccioni Books to publish her debut novel, Swings and Roundabouts. Think… Continue reading

MAPPING OUT FORGIVENESS: Linda Cracknell’s Call of the Undertow

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Linda Cracknell, Call of the Undertow (Freight, 2013) by Emilie Anderson Linda Cracknell’s Call of the Undertow begins with Maggie Thame, a cartographer, moving from Oxford to a remote village on the coast of Caithness… Continue reading