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July 11, 2007

The Devil Inside: A Review of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita 4

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About a year ago, The Millions readers recommended that I read Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita after I wrote about Crime and Punishment – which was not so much a commentary on Dostoevsky’s fantastic writing, but a plea for more excellent Russian literature. As happens with a lot of books I end up reading, […]

July 10, 2007

Life In A Broken City: A Review of Rawi Hage’s DeNiro’s Game 1

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The first thing you’ll notice is the urgency. Our hero’s youthful voice flirting with maturity, ready to move and ready to take you with him, whether you’re ready or not. Even when he’s waiting, you sense the activity, the plans and schemes to move his life along, to leave for pastures greener, or in the […]

July 9, 2007

Living in the Shadows: A Review of Jose Saramago’s Blindness 4

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Seeing is believing. And if you don’t see the shit you wallow in, maybe you won’t mind it as much. Or at least that is one of the tangential points in Jose Saramago’s Blindness, a powerful journey into darkness that sheds a light on humankind in a moment of weakness. With a simple narrative and […]

June 21, 2007

Cold and Ruminating: A Review of In the Wake by Per Petterson 0

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Scott of Conversational Reading invited me to participate in his “Reading the World” series this month. My contribution was reading and posting about Per Petterson’s In the Wake. I don’t read enough fiction in translation, maybe a couple of books per year. When I do the experience elicits one of two reactions. Either the book […]

June 19, 2007

Learning Curve: A Review of Nell Freudenberger’s The Dissident 1

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Nell Freudenberger is unquestionably a gifted writer and will, if we’re fortunate, become a major one. Her story collection Lucky Girls, published when she was 28, earned ink from Vogue and Elle and hardware from PEN, and if Marisha Pessl has since eclipsed her as lit-fic’s “It Girl,” well… so much the better. Slipping out […]

June 5, 2007

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: June 2007 1

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The travelogue. Ah, the oft maligned travel novel, thrown onto the burn pile with other not-taken-seriously genres like mystery and thriller. Driven to the edges of respected literature, called unimaginative and easy, dropped first from a library’s collection and left to rot on library sale tables. Yet, it seems like everyone wants in the action. […]

June 4, 2007

Voices From The Past: A Review of Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje 4

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“No story is ever told just once… We will return to it an hour later and re-tell the story with additions and this time a few judgments thrown in. In this way history is organized.” In 1978, and again two years later, Michael Ondaatje left his Toronto home and embarked on an ancestral odyssey – […]

May 28, 2007

In Profile: A Review of Reporting by David Remnick 1

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My New Yorker is David Remnick’s New Yorker. The magazine was around my house off and on when I was young. My sister and I, ignoring the witty captions, used to use the magazine’s iconic cartoons as a sort of coloring book, spicing up a droll bedroom scene with our 24-color set of magic markers. […]

May 21, 2007

Never Mind the Golubchiks: Some Notes on Tatyana Tolstaya’s The Slynx 5

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Don DeLillo has said that his mammoth Underworld emerged from the juxtaposition of two headlines on the front page of a 1954 New York Times. One trumpeted a pennant-winning home run by the Giants’ Bobby Thomson. The other announced that the Russians had tested their first atomic bomb. Each, in its own way, was a […]

May 15, 2007

Rootless Detachment: A Review of After Dark by Haruki Murakami 10

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Whether or not you like Haruki Murakami’s newest novel, After Dark, will probably depend on how many of his previous books you have read. If you’ve read two or less, you may enjoy it. If you’ve read three or four, you will almost certainly find it tedious. If you’ve read five or more you’re incorrigible […]