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A reconsideration of the fictive truths behind a storyteller's many masks.

Novelist Hans Fallada resented the constraints of the Nazi era but did not desist in his craft.

Does Alejandro Zambra's Bonsai mark the end of an era in Chilean literature?

Over a decade ago, in his novel The Ax, Donald E. Westlake captured the ruthlessness and anomie of economic Darwinism.

News From the Empire hacks out a sinuous, branching path that connects fantasy with fact and allegory with analysis.

Set in the glossiest of sanctuaries, Rex is a complicated and dazzling indictment of contemporary fiction.

How did Milan Kundera's antipathy toward the media become as curdled as the Czechs' allergy to his success?

Laura Miller's study of C.S. Lewis falls short of providing a coherent theory of Narnia's magic.

Published fifty years ago, Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart mounted a literary rebellion against the everyday amalgamations and condescension that treat Africa as an undifferentiated wasteland.

With Don't Cry, a disabling self-consciousness has crept into Mary Gaitskill's fiction.

Blogs

An article in our pages in 1919 helped rescue the long-deceased scribe from obscurity and secured him a prominent place in the American canon.

January 4, 2014

Proust, a reviewer wrote in 1921, “may not be what his hero set out to be in his childhood, the greatest writer in the world, but he is one of those.”

December 7, 2013

The debate surrounding Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation is nothing new.

May 18, 2013

Katie Roiphe's Newsweek cover story ignores the fact that in every century and decade, sadomasochistic erotica has broken into the mainstream.

April 16, 2012

A former covert CIA operative turned novelist is fast emerging as one of the most important fiction writers in the military/covert ops/political thriller genre dominated by right-wing authors.

June 29, 2010