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Molly Antopol

The short stories in The UnAmericans are studies of effusive remoteness and meandering revolution.

Richard Powers

Dave Eggers’s The Circle; Richard Powers’s Orfeo

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

The unflinching fiction of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.

Madame Restell

Novelist Kate Manning richly reimagines Madame Restell as a defender of women from the horrors of poverty, male privilege and their own physiology.

J.M. Coetzee

The Childhood of Jesus explores the fictitious dimensions of a just and compassionate world.

A scene from El Infierno

All wars have their bards, and Mexico’s ongoing narco wars are no exception.

Renata Adler, April 1975, Patmos, Greece, photograph by Richard Avedon

The slowly panic-making power of Renata Adler’s novels Speedboat and Pitch Dark.

Brain scan

Applying neuroscience to the study of literature is fashionable. But is it the best way to read a novel?

Nikolai Leskov’s The Enchanted Wandered and Other Stories; Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself

Photo of George Saunders

In the short stories of Tenth of December, the impression of chaos belies a careful design.

Blogs

“Stone may leave the country,” the late essayist wrote of the late novelist, &ldquot;but it’s America confounded that he finds wherever he goes.”

January 14, 2015

A 1917 Nation reviewer takes issue with Joyce’s “brilliant and nasty variety of pseudo-realism.”

January 13, 2015

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