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The imaginary fascists in Roberto Bolaño's ironic encyclopedia Nazi Literature in the Americas bear a complex relationship to reality.

J.M. Coetzee, now out with a new novel and a collection of essays, reminds us what a master he is at turning life into narrative.

In I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody, novelist Sinan Antoon explores themes of love, loss, identity and resistance in the face of political oppression.

An English translation of Lydie Salvayre's The Power of Flies demonstrates how this novelist and practicing psychiatrist has earned more nervous respect than love in France.

A mock-heroic travelogue by Julio Cortázar and his wife captures the contemplative life on the road.

Michael Ondaatje shows off his trademark narrative tricks in his new novel Divisadero, but the magic is wearing thin.

Philip Roth's Exit Ghost considers whether we're astonished by death or the life that precedes it.

THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. By Norman Mailer.
Rinehart and Company. $4.

A fresh translation of a Portuguese classic offers a poignant portrait of a country's decline.

Junot Díaz's masterful new novel maps the ambiguities in the modern immigrant experience in America.

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