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In The Clash of Images Abdelfattah Kilito creates a touching portrait of a young man coming of age in French-occupied Morocco.

Vasily Grossman's Everything Flows is a searching and humane investigation of the totalitarian condition.

Julia Holmes's Meeks is a novel full of a jittery sadness and an uncontrollable kind of joy.

Drollery, mordancy, tenderness and soul talk: Saul Bellow's letters are a Saul Bellow novel!

With C, Tom McCarthy asks us to see fiction as a crafty and adventurous playmate unafraid of its mortality.

Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, Robert Darnton's Poetry and the Police, Jeremy Harding's Mother Country

The Black Minutes, a nuanced neo-noir, conveys how narco-violence has leached the Mexican justice system of meaning.

Remembering David Markson (1927–2010), whose playful novels pushed storytelling to the edge of understanding.

Is Super Sad True Love Story the kind of novel Gary Shteyngart might previously have held in contempt?

In Nightmare Alley, whoever you are, you can always depend on the cruelty of strangers.


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