Articles by Rayyan Al-Shawaf

September 20, 2010

Everyday Splendor: David Grossman’s To the End of the Land 2

When fully explored, as it is by Grossman in this novel, the drama of the human condition enthralls more than the most gripping action sequence.

July 30, 2010

Äppärät-chic: Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story 10

Make no mistake. Super Sad True Love Story boasts two tormented but appealing protagonists locked in a deliciously tortuous love affair. It is indeed super sad, though thankfully untrue and difficult to imagine as prescient. The novel’s excesses are also its weaknesses.