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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.

The Surrealist dissident Raymond Queneau turned his writings into a lab for his experiments, and the results are still exhilarating.

In South African writer Zakes Mda's fiction, the past hovers like a ghost--seductive and terrifying.

The taint of an unjust war tarnishes the lives of Vietnam-era Americans in Denis Johnson's stunning new novel.

A trilogy of hard-boiled detective novels set in Marseilles contemplates the ethnic turmoil in modern-day France.

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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