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Zadie Smith

If you get to the top, only to find that the voice hounding you with charges of inauthenticity is your own, what then?

Says editor Dan Wakefield, hIs writing “is done with such seemingly simple language and style that it sometimes seems shocking.”

Alain Mabanckou

In Black Bazaar, characters vent and stumble over their shared obsession with the colonial past.

Henry James

Nothing ages faster than the idea of an “ageless” writer. Consider the posthumous career of Henry James.

In The Expendable Man, the story of an innocent under suspicion is given a racial twist.

A.M. Homes

A.M. Homes’s May We Be Forgiven; Sherman Alexie’s Blasphemy.

Maureen F. McHugh

Maureen F. McHugh's After the Apocalypse; Joshua Cohen's Four New Messages

Anne Tyler

The Beginner’s Goodbye, The Chemistry of Tears and the burden of inheritance.

Albert Cossery

For Albert Cossery, the world is split between those who respect a cause and those who don’t give a tinker's damn.

Christa Wolf, October 1989

A postwar German novelist’s complicated legacy.


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