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.
Elias Khoury and the literature of witness.