Refugee: A Memoir was not written to entertain but to outrage and activate.
Oh yes, they thought that to treat human beings like livestock was backward and doomed and obsolete and unscientific and fatally inefficient, but if any of them thought it was indefensibly cruel and morally intolerable, they show no awareness by the evidence of this book.
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.