Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, television, film, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.
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Take a dive into any of Alain Mabanckou’s works in English — and definitely score a copy of the new translation, As Long As Trees Take Root In the Earth, beautifully crafted and bound. Vive la Poesie!
The late Friederike Mayröcker’s über-recognizable style has become a brand, logoed by certain objects: violets, lilacs, birds
Endpapers is an invaluable gift to literature, mainly but not only for the quotations, details, and beguilingly written scenes of publisher Kurt Wolff’s life scattered throughout
An eclectic round-up of the favorite books of the year from our critics.
A powerful allegory for our techno-crazed, consumption-addicted, soul-crushing times.
For each of these major, prize-honored writers — Siegfried Lenz and Walter Kempowski– birth = destiny = art.
Daniel Kehlmann’s narrative gift is so prodigious as to be almost aggravating.
Hilbig’s prose demands sentence-by sentence commitment. It gravitates to the dark and dense, and occasionally surreal.
Evidently, plain-spoken language plus doubt and apprehension equate to novels that, once opened, are very hard to put down.