A splendid, absorbing read in which you feel as if you’ve been dropped onto the set of a Mozart opera.
“The Dream of the Celt” succeeds at educating its readers about the worlds in which Sir Roger Casement lived his successive lives, but not about his successive personalities.
The wily Enrique Vila-Matas remains wary but respectful of Ernest Hemingway and asserts his independence by going on his own self-consciously vaudevillian way—Juan Gabriel Vásquez is too subservient to elude the shadow of Joseph Conrad.
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 Brazilian writer’s challenging stream-of-consciousness technique, lack of political bite, physical beauty and, Moser argues, her […]