Nation Topics - Fiction
News and Features
The slowly panic-making power of Renata Adler’s novels Speedboat and Pitch Dark.
Applying neuroscience to the study of literature is fashionable. But is it the best way to read a novel?
Nikolai Leskov’s The Enchanted Wandered and Other Stories; Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself
In the short stories of Tenth of December, the impression of chaos belies a careful design.
The soul-destroying weariness in A.B. Yehoshua’s stories seems as old as time itself—and unique to contemporary Israel.
A Russian novelist’s fight, in life and art, to see the world afresh in all its cruelty and splendor.
In his writing and life, Thomas Bernhard led a charge in the opposite direction. His publisher always broke his fall.
How Argentine fiction about the Malvinas War conspires in a trick of perspective.
Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie; Andrey Platonov’s Happy Moscow
How thrillers inform spycraft, and the fictions that belie them both.