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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.

Robert Walser's writing--opaque and ethereal, provoking and digressive--is finally being introduced to American readers.

The last book in J.K. Rowling's saga is marked by throwaway references to a post-9/11 world and derivative insights that never add up to a coherent moral vision.

Leonard Michaels's fiction captured his evolution from sex-obsessed misogyny to self-identified moralism.

After Dark, Haruki Murakami's edgy new novel, describes how the lives of a group of strangers intersect over the course of one night.

Philip K. Dick has become the most influential and prophetic of late-twentieth-century science fiction writers.

Two new novels, by Michael Chabon and Nathan Englander, recharge the modern Jewish experience with a sense of the exotic.

A new biography describes how Edith Wharton transformed her obsessions into stories of loss, regret and entrapment.

John Leonard, noted critic and former literary editor of The Nation, died Wednesay at 69. This review of Don DeLillo's Falling Man was one of his last pieces published in the magazine.


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