Articles by Kevin Hartnett

June 13, 2008

Palace Scenes: Ceridwen Dovey’s Blood Kin 0

Sitting down to reflect on Blood Kin, Ceridwen Dovey’s debut novel, I realized that there are many ways to approach a book, and a review, and that in this particular case, circumstances have handed me one. Dovey was a classmate of mine in college and when I saw that she’d published a book, I went […]

June 3, 2008

Things Fall Apart and the Price of Tradition 5

When my friend John moved to Philadelphia recently, I considered bringing a bag of rice to his new apartment. At the time I was in the middle of my second consecutive Nigerian novel, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart after Half of a Yellow Sun (which I wrote about last week), and it seemed like the […]

May 27, 2008

Indomitable Suffering: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun 1

More than once in Half of a Yellow Sun, the latest novel by the young Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a mother learns that her son has died. The causes are in plain sight and the deaths could not be a surprise. The novel is set during the brutal and lopsided civil war which rent […]

May 8, 2008

Scarification: Ondaatje in the Library 2

As I watch a crowd build for readings at the public library, it is always with some anxiety that I survey my strange companions – chess geeks there for Gary Kasparov, decomposing leftists to hear Lawrence Wright on Iraq – and worry about my place among them. Last Thursday, when Michael Ondaatje came to the […]

April 21, 2008

Poetic Doubles: A Review of Jose Saramago’s The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis 2

Zach Brennan is staff writer for two health publications in Washington, D.C. The storyline is simple: a Portuguese physician and occasional poet, Ricardo Reis, returns to Portugal after sixteen years in Brazil. First he lives in a hotel and then he moves to an apartment. He loves two women, one is a chambermaid and the […]

January 14, 2008

A Mexican Interlude: A Review of The Lawless Roads by Graham Greene 3

This guest contribution comes from Kevin Hartnett. Hartnett lives in Philadelphia with his fiance. After graduating from college in 2003, he joined Teach For America and taught sixth grade in the Bronx for two years. He enjoys politics and travel and writing about both. In early 1938, at the behest of the Vatican, Graham Greene […]

January 3, 2008

Winter Wilderness: A Review of Snow by Orhan Pamuk 2

This guest contribution comes from Kevin Hartnett. Hartnett lives in Philadelphia with his fiance. After graduating from college in 2003, he joined Teach For America and taught sixth grade in the Bronx for two years. He enjoys politics and travel and writing about both. Snow, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s 2004 novel, opens as Ka, a […]