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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.

In Norman Maclean's stories, tragedy comes garlanded in a prose style nearly unsurpassed for its bright flashes of remembrance, its whispers out of time.

The Kindly Ones, Jonathan Littell's fictive memoir of a Nazi SS officer, is intentionally sickening and an unquestionably brilliant success.

Angel Wagenstein and the evolution of modern Jewish storytelling.

The most striking thing about Couples is the novelist's attempt to break out of the intimist, unpolitical, miniaturist mold that had become his official bust.

Jill Lepore and Jane Kamensky talk about how they wrote the occasionally racy historical novel Blindspot.

Michèle Bernstein's Situationist novel explores a Paris hovering between Old World and New Wave.

Roberto Bolaño's last novel, 2666, is his most profound exploration of art and infamy, craft and crime, the writer and the totalitarian state.

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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