Dec 052014
Fuse Book Review: Émile Zola's "The Conquest of Plassans" -- "Tartuffe" Gone Realpolitik

Entertaining yet incisive, The Conquest of Plassans remains a devastatingly acute reminder that religion and politics make surprisingly compatible bedfellows.

Aug 152012
Fuse Book Review: Classic Supernatural Satire -- "The Wild Ass's Skin"

Helen Constantine’s new translation of Balzac’s “The Wild Ass’s Skin” serves this wonderful and weird book well. It is one of the great, black comic fables in world literature, a dazzlingly demented exploration of a society’s lack of imagination.

Oct 092009
World Books Update: October 2009

By Bill Marx A number of new pieces on World Books since the last update in September, including my podcast interview with Benjamin Moser about his biography of Clarice Lispector (1920-1977) entitled “Why This World” from Oxford University Press. The [...]