A new novel by a Chinese dissident provides a comically stinging vision of his homeland.
A new book gives a philosophical analysis of American culture’s obsession with nonsense.
A novel by a Nobel prize-winner from Iceland presents a journey into the center of a resolutely antic imagination.
In this moving memoir, the daughter of celebrated psychologist Erik Erikson meditates on how fame and ego shatter the foundations of family life.
A new novel captures the atmosphere of post-1956 Hungary from a child’s point of view.
Sci-fi master Samuel Delany’s latest novel is a mystery set in the ancient world. Phallos, by Samuel R. Delany. (Bamberger Books) By Vincent Czyz Samuel R. Delany is best known as “l’enfant terrible” who published his first novel at age 20 and then went on to win science fiction’s most prestigious awards — the Nebula […]
Stephen Greenblatt’s acclaimed biography of Shakespeare is filled with fascinating speculations.
Critic David Thomson says the movies have profoundly shaped America, and not always for the better
One of Israel’s foremost prose writers has penned a masterful blend of autobiography and invention. A Tale of Love and Darkness: A Memoir, by Amos Oz. Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange. (Harcourt) By Marsha Pomerantz In a memoir of 538 pages, it is hard to find a single image emblematic of the […]
Veteran British journalist Barry Miles pens the definitive biography of irreverent rocker Frank Zappa. Zappa by Barry Miles. Grove Press By Milo Miles Veteran British journalist and biographer Barry Miles, who has specialized in the Beatles and the Beats, treats Frank Zappa with the same corrosive irreverence the artist applied to every subject he discussed […]