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Fiction news and analysis from The Nation
July 19, 2022
What It Means to Be an Elderly Gay Man Today
The latest entry in Andrew Holleran’s biographical fiction project,
Kingdom of Sand
, offers a portrait of the post-Stonewall generation confronting death and history.
Joshua Gutterman Tranen
July 13, 2022
Tove Ditlevsen’s Unsentimental Education
The Danish novelist and poet was a rare writer—one who shunned sentiment but not empathy in her stories.
July 7, 2022
A Different Kind of Trans Book: On Imogen Binnie’s “Nevada”
A classic of new trans lit, this novel wasn’t written to appease a non-trans readership.
July 5, 2022
Miguel Ángel Asturias’s Struggle Between Good and Evil
is a masterwork of political fiction and a prime example of linguistic beauty in the Latin American tradition.
Mario Vargas Llosa
July 1, 2022
Elif Batuman Answers Our Burning Questions About the State of the Novel
A conversation about her new book
, the limits of aesthetic life, and much more.
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June 29, 2022
Toe to Toe With “Moby-Dick”
Pierre Senges’s avant-garde retelling of Melville’s great work asks us what the limits of the novel are.
June 27, 2022
Fernanda Melchor’s Dark Morality Plays
In her third novel, Melchor turns her allegorical powers in an even more explicitly political direction.
Nicolás Medina Mora
June 6, 2022
The Passion and Agony of the Bibliophile
Following an ardent and obsessive reader, Claire-Louise Bennett’s
asks if one can find all the things they need in life in a book.
Rachel Vorona Cote
June 2, 2022
Raw Speech, Raw Stories: A Conversation With Fernanda Melchor
Her new novel,
, is an explosive exploration of the boundaries of the Spanish language and the the banal brutality of everyday violence.
Lucas Iberico Lozada
May 25, 2022
The Walter Tevis Renaissance
On the revival of one of the most perceptive American chroniclers of addiction.