This is a timely novel, a lament for the multicultural harmony that has disappeared from Mesopotamia as well as a dire warning: fundamentalism is on the rise, not just in the Middle East but in the West as well.
Marc Petitjean seamlessly moves from describing intimate scenes to discussing Frida Kahlo’s art and its significance.
This consistently interesting novel adds an unforgettable dimension to an historical event about which we thought we knew all there was to know.
In more pedantic hands, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen could easily have been a tedious and frustrating read. Instead, despite the dense and ultimately inconclusive source material, the book is continuously fascinating.
It’s worth pointing out that Sabahattin Ali has deliberately reversed traditional gender roles in Madonna in a Fur Coat.
This slender memoir reads like a rambling conversation with a literary stranger you meet on a train.
Rupert Thomson’s Never Anyone But You is a quiet, expert, and inestimably engaging novel.
De Stefano tracks the evolution of a cabinet-maker’s daughter into a famously bombastic, chain-smoking political reporter and author.
Evidently, plain-spoken language plus doubt and apprehension equate to novels that, once opened, are very hard to put down.
George Prochnik’s biography of Gershom Scholem is flawed, but well worth reading, especially for those struggling with their Jewish and Israeli identities.