These three books by Patrick Modiano are short, intense, and sensuous.
Clive James gets the most out of whatever’s on the page and isn’t shy about making larger connections.
Although there is a strangely dour tinge to this biography of Peggy Guggenheim, Francine Prose is ultimately fair.
Zoë Anderson’s volume aims to give readers a handy way to discern the most influential ballets from among the confusing proliferation that we find in today’s repertory.
Biographer Annie Cohen-Solal is perhaps strongest on one thread of Mark Rothko’s narrative: his experience as a Jewish immigrant.
The Dirty Dust is a novel of almost unbelievable invention, humor, pathos, eloquence, and fury.
Harvard Divinity School professor Kevin Madigan’s scholarly but always compelling exposition of the evolution of the church will spark introspection among practicing Christians.
To his credit, Garry Wills does not attempt to tell us what Shakespeare or his contemporaries “really meant,” nor does he suggest that there are ways that these plays ought be staged.
The prose of Patrick Modiano, this year’s Nobel prizewinner, has a distinctive French style whose directness and grammatical limpidity by no means exclude semantic depth and complexity.
Elizabeth Harrower’s In Certain Circles is a stunning novel about class and marriage and power; Can Xue’s The Last Lover is a tedious surrealistic farce.