One reads this strangely engaging book, like Volodine’s others, with a sort of knitted-brow amusement.
Audin scrutinizes political commitment when it is undertaken by representatives of an intellectual discipline detached from the real world.
What could have been excursions into monochromatic despair are elevated, through resourceful inventiveness, into exhilarating journeys.
We root for all of the ordinary folk who survived — and are still surviving even now — one of the bleakest and saddest periods in Russia’s history.
Beautifully produced by Seagull Books, The Pilgrim’s Bowl is an invaluable introduction to both painter and poet.
Death By Water plumbs the depths of the human condition in an entirely original way.
These three books by Patrick Modiano are short, intense, and sensuous.
Tram 83 mirrors the most sordid and chaotic features of contemporary African cities, in which non-Africans also remain intimately and often deviously involved.
Antoine Volodine is a master of the prolonged, very prolonged, tongue-in-cheek spoof. But he is also dead serious.
Makine may be plagiarizing himself, which is a perfectly legitimate thing for a writer to do, but scenes of spring snow and railroad stations become clichés even in talented hands.