The fifteenth anniversary of the death of a grievously neglected writer whom critics almost universally acclaim a creative genius.
Few contemporary authors much care to tussle with the proverbial mot juste; Lance Olsen insists on it, and over the course of fifteen novels, five books of nonfiction, and five short story collections, has shown himself a master of prose style.
Tour de force? Not quite. Joycean? Perhaps in the way contemporary individuals overlap with ancient, mythical counterparts.
We were both English-speaking ex-patriots living in Istanbul, and John Ash’s poetry spoke eloquently to that shared experience.
If you have not read John Berger, by the end of this biography you’re likely to feel an urgent need to pick up one of his books.
In this remarkable and timely book, David Treuer is determined that Native American history not be seen as a “catalog of pain.”
Five Cities is a species of psychogeography, a deep map, that weighs the effects of topography, urban environments, and monuments of the past on mood and perspective.
Farcical fight and sex scenes might be forgivable, but the “mystery” is so barely there it utterly fails to engage — and that’s lethal to a novel in this genre.
The Ruins of Ani illuminates one of those rare places that leaves visitors feeling they might have to dust off the word mystical to describe the experience.
It’s worth pointing out that Sabahattin Ali has deliberately reversed traditional gender roles in Madonna in a Fur Coat.