Sep 172017
Book Review: Last Night A Book Saved My Life  or….What To Read, or Not

I asked the venerable progressive publisher New Directions to send me what it has done for literature lately.

Jun 292011
Fuse Book Review: Playing in the Shadows of the Modernist Giants

The wily Enrique Vila-Matas remains wary but respectful of Ernest Hemingway and asserts his independence by going on his own self-consciously vaudevillian way—Juan Gabriel Vásquez is too subservient to elude the shadow of Joseph Conrad.

Jul 172009
World Books Update

By Bill Marx You want a racy, nineteenth-century epic about sex, sin, drugs, and prostitution set in China? Here it is. Two more pieces on international fiction for World Books, the feature I edit for PRI’s The World.

Mar 102009
Robert Walser -- Modernism's Mystery Man

By Bill Marx Susan Bernofsky’s translation of Robert Walser’s 1908 novel won her a 2007 PEN Translation Fund Award. She’s followed that up by translating the Swiss writer’s first novel, “The Tanners.” A recent World Books podcast explores two recent [...]