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Fiction news and analysis from The Nation
May 25, 2022
The Ardor of Tessa Hadley
Her novels are masterful domestic dramas that obsess over the mechanics of adultery and illicit passion.
May 18, 2022
Olga Ravn’s Office Novel in Space
offers a surreal and biting account of all the hazards and indignities of the contemporary workplace.
May 3, 2022
Jennifer Egan’s World Wide Web
Her latest novel tackles a favorite topic of her fiction—the excesses of the Internet and modern technologies.
May 2, 2022
The Ambitious and Overstuffed World of Hanya Yanagihara
attempts to break out of the common insularity of contemporary fiction, but in doing so it often ends up focusing more on the author.
May 2, 2022
Me Too and the Not Me Novel
Julia May Jonas’s new novel is a study of a campus scandal and a woman caught in the middle of it.
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April 27, 2022
Antonio Di Benedetto and the Sound of Madness
His bleak and surreal 1964 novel
examines one man’s quest for quiet.
April 25, 2022
The Zoological Nightmares of Rafael Bernal
The Mexican writer’s 1947 novel
His Name Was Death
dramatizes humanity’s ecological arrogance through the story of a mosquito swarm with plans of world destruction.
Lucas Iberico Lozada
April 12, 2022
The Absurdist Meets Jane Austen in Bloomington
People from Bloomington
engages in a strange realism—where life in a small-town America seems both banal and absurd.
April 11, 2022
Emily St. John Mandel’s Neatly Designed Worlds
Her new novel, a time travel story called
Sea of Tranquility
, presents a universe lacking in loose ends or messiness.
March 17, 2022
Can a Thriller Capture the Feeling of Being Watched?
Other People’s Clothes
mines the gossip and sleaze of early 2000s culture to tell a story about celebrity obsession and spectacle.