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A 9/11 story modeled on Jane Eyre, A Gate at the Stairs is Lorrie Moore's most ambitious novel, and her slipperiest work to date.

Horacio Castellanos Moya has turned anxiety into an art form and put El Salvador on the literary map.

In the stories of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, the landscape of the Russian revolution is hostile territory, and terrifying in its scope.

In an information economy, tiny asymmetries in language comprehension translate into vast profits--and large-scale collapses.

With his plain, weather-beaten prose, Don Carpenter was a good enough novelist not to have to prove it.

Technology has made us capable of exterminating ourselves. In The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood wonders what might save us.

Jean Rhys wrote about women who tangled with class and sexuality on their own terms.

In Ralph Nader's new utopian novel, "only the super-rich can save us."

A conversation with the author of Homer and Langley about opting out.

Mercè Rodoreda's fiction plumbs a sadness borne of helplessness, an almost voluptuous vulnerability.


“Stone may leave the country,” the late essayist wrote of the late novelist, &ldquot;but it’s America confounded that he finds wherever he goes.”

January 14, 2015

A 1917 Nation reviewer takes issue with Joyce’s “brilliant and nasty variety of pseudo-realism.”

January 13, 2015

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