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.