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Christa Wolf, October 1989

A postwar German novelist’s complicated legacy.

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut sought to fool us with his eyes wide open.

Sending debt peonage, poverty and freaky weather into the arena.

César Aira

Varamo is the latest novel-in-translation from Argentina’s slipperiest living writer.

Twins (1968), by Alighiero Boetti

Opposites collapse in the work of the Shaman-Showman of contemporary Italian art.

Gregor von Rezzori

A novelist’s grim portrait of Central Europe between the wars.

In Assumption a murder mystery becomes a lesson in how much we do not know.

Stephen King

In 11/22/63, Stephen King conveys the horrors of American exceptionalism.

An observatory built by Maharajah Jai Singh in Jaipur, India

A novelist’s lyrical attempt to measure the immeasurable.


“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