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In António Lobo Antunes's new novel, a lost boy despairs of finding a real family in the wasteland of his past.

Marilynne Robinson's new novel explores faith, loneliness and the national passion play of race.

Salman Rushdie probes the limits of the imagination to produce his most coherent and readable novel.

With two bodies of work recently reissued, now is a good time to wonder why novelist Patrick Hamilton is worth remembering.

When Richard Price moves from the urban ruins of New Jersey to the gentrified Lower East Side of Lush Life, things get complicated.

Michael Dibdin's detective Zen series sounds a melancholy note for an old Italy rife with political enemies.

There was little enthusiasm for revisiting the camps in Communist Hungary. Author Imre Kertész refracts that reluctance in fictional form.

Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig saw himself as a Freud of fiction--a fellow spelunker in the caverns of the heart.

The radical subjectivity and reckless politics of Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun find new expression in recent English translations and editions.

British author Jonathan Coe departs from grand social transformations and turns to the domestic sphere in The Rain Before It Falls.


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