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February 22, 2021
Elena Ferrante’s Class Dramas
Her latest novel,
The Lying Life of Adults,
mines the contradictions of class identity.
February 8, 2021
Can the Novel Document the Present in Real Time?
is an experiment in novel writing that closely tracks and analyzes the news as it happens.
February 4, 2021
Can a Novel Really Capture the Spirit of the Internet?
and the limits of literary fiction’s obsession with life online.
David Schurman Wallace
February 2, 2021
The Body, the State, the Border: On Cristina Rivera Garza
Her fiction and essays illuminates how the language of violence is inherent to the disaster neoliberalism wrought in Mexico.
January 25, 2021
The Worldmaking of N.K. Jemisin
Through her speculative fiction, Jemisin builds worlds and probes them—exploring who they work for and how.
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January 14, 2021
The Pleasures of Shirley Hazzard’s Intricate Fictions
Her stories offer the opulent doom of ancient tragedy wrapped in mid-century garb.
December 21, 2020
The Frenzied Paris of Virginie Despentes
Her trilogy of novels,
, tell the story of a city and its inhabitants’ capacity for radical change.
December 17, 2020
The Blinding Clarity of John Le Carré
His novels of imperial decline speak to a world that has remained at war since his youth.
December 2, 2020
Susan Taubes’s ‘Divorcing’ Asks: How Far Can the Novel Take You?
The sole book she released during her life was a work of ahead of its time in terms of style, irreverence, and experimentation.
November 25, 2020
Bryan Washington on Fiction ‘Outside the Bounds of Trauma’
A conversation about writing emphatically about marginalized communities, Houston’s diversity of cuisines and peoples, Japanese literature, and more.