Four hundred years have passed since Shakespeare plied his quill. In the interim, we have published him, lauded him, Bowdlerized him, edited him, and possibly forgotten who he was. One has the sense that the historical documentation is worn thin with the jittery handling of Ivy League professors. Every generationevery few yearsShakespeare is remade from the same stuff.
Seven stories and seven essays comprise Firans fourth prose collection in English.
To read the story of Odell Deefus, the simple-minded hero of Torsten Krols Callisto, is to contemplate the atrocities of the past eight years: the hysteria of the war on terror, the paranoia of domestic surveillance, and the crimes of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay. Oh, and did I mention the novel is a comedy?
Takes us into the heart of political influence on civilian life in Morocco, exploring issues of sexuality, ambition, religion, love, and family.
The book jacket of A Life on Paper calls Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud Frances own Kurt Vonnegut. But during my brooding, meandering tour through this first English collection of his work, it was not Vonneguts glee that Châteaureynaud showed me.