Susan Bernofsky, widely considered to be one of the best English translators of German literature today, has translated the work of Robert Walser, Hermann Hesse, and Yoko Tawada.
Given the task at hand, this is a formidable booka volume replete with information, interpretation, and insight on contemporary Chinese arta phenomenon that has sustained itself within a myriad of contextual, social, political, economic, and cultural issues.
In a letter to the biographer William Hayley, William Blake writes of the thin line between the living and the dead in the minds of those alive to the memory of those who are not.
Alain de Botton would be a great guy to sit next to on a bus, get stuck with in an elevator, turn out to be your long lost brother. In his books, anyway, he seems to move through the world with just the right amounts of enthusiasm and irony, self-deprecation and show-offiness, sincerity and sport.
Instead of finishing the business of giving African Americans equal opportunity and full citizenship during the post-Civil War years, the United States went corporate.
Frederick Seidel is a master builder. Using metaphor and concrete imagery he erects majestic properties of opulent proportion. But what he builds he also destroys, making him a closed system: an architect who contracts with both the muse and the devil.
If youve missed the Darwin train this year, then youre doubly behind. First, because its the bicentennial of Charles Henry Darwins birth. Second, its the 150th anniversary of his publication of The Origin of Species, whose principle of evolution is arguably the single most important discovery of all time.
While Greg Amess novel, Buffalo Lockjaw, contains all the elements of a classic Buffalo storysnow, sports, drinking, despairAmes has created a narrator, James Fitzroy, who rises above caricature.
Mirror mazes, vampires and tuberculosis perfume Derek McCormacks latest. Its contemporary niche fiction leaning experimental, then waxing strange.
Percival Everetts I Am Not Sidney Poitier is a veritable whos on first labyrinth of identity, cultural criticism and familial torture.
Charlie Haas debut novel The Enthusiast is a study in presence and absence.
Kristina Riggles debut novel, Real Life & Liars, is full of unlikable characters who think and speak in clichés.