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In Javier Marías's trilogy Your Face Tomorrow, the self is composed of borrowed languages and an uncertain voice.

In the stories of Deborah Eisenberg, life keeps piling up, unsolved and unsolvable.

Heidi Durrow traces a young girl's harrowing plunge into racial identity.

Orhan Pamuk may be the face that Turkish literature turns to the West, but the novelist Yashar Kemal is its conscience and heart.

Ours is an age of the unexpected, the extraordinary—the uncanny. What better time to resurrect the stories of Ambrose Bierce?

In The Ask, Sam Lipsyte never ventures beyond the comfort zone of his eloquently damaged protagonist.

In Tove Jansson's The True Deceiver, the uncertainties laid bare go to the heart of human relationships.

For Herta Müller, writing is not a matter of trusting, but rather of the honesty of the deceit.

The Latin American utopia has disappeared, says novelist and crackero Jorge Volpi, and he displays little nostalgia for it.

Juan Carlos Onetti immerses himself in reality just long enough to fashion an escape. This is his peculiar gift.


“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