It is not surprising that Wendy Warren strains to find words to “comprehend the rank tragedy that resulted from enslavement.”
Although Anger and Forgiveness is a work of systematic philosophy it is also provocatively personal.
These three books by Patrick Modiano are short, intense, and sensuous.
The Dirty Dust is a novel of almost unbelievable invention, humor, pathos, eloquence, and fury.
How well Conversations with Beethoven works as fiction will depend on the engagement and imaginative powers of the reader.
As fiction, “Trieste” is almost entirely a dense tapestry of thinking, remembering, agonizing and raging.
Despite his weakness for overwriting, Bob Shacochis has a good and sad story to tell, and he gets through it with a degree of mastery.
Perhaps it is not so much that the characters are thinly developed but that it is hard to make them out through the scrim of their Dostoevskian lucubrations.
Though its central events are in the past, conveyed by characters by means of often ambiguous shreds of memory and musing, “In Times of Fading Light” is a work of quiet power and beauty, dense with sorrow, telling detail, and suspense.
This meticulous biography of Anglo-American poet Denise Levertov is the labor of many years and of deep reflection and care.