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Fiction news and analysis from The Nation

  • February 16, 2000

    Salvation in South Africa

    Blessed with a great subject, afflicted with it too, J.M. Coetzee has remade its meanings in the light of metaphor often no further from us than our own bodies.

    Joseph McElroy

  • December 15, 1999

    Joseph Heller

    Nelson Algren's 1961 review of Catch-22 is at

    Christopher Hitchens

  • December 2, 1999

    Algren’s Question

    He would hang his coat neatly over the back of his chair in the leaden station-house twilight, say he was beat from lack of sleep and lay his head across his arms upon the query-roo

    Daniel Simon

  • December 2, 1999

  • October 7, 1999

    Remains of the Day

    Every Wednesday since January 1992, an indefatigable group of halmonis (Korean for "grandmothers") in their 70s and 80s have led a rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.

    Margaret Juhae Lee

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  • September 30, 1999

    Les Étrangers

    Sagesse (meaning "wisdom") LaBasse, the narrator of Claire Messud's second novel, The Last Life, is French-Algerian on her father's side and American on her mother's.

    Jay Parini

  • September 30, 1999

    Their Myths and Ours

    Karen Rosenberg has taught Russian literary history in the United States and Austria.

    Karen Rosenberg

  • September 16, 1999

    Decolonizing the Mind

    As Hawaii's first American century comes to an end, marking grim anniversaries of overthrow and forced annexation by the United States, a groundswell for Native Hawaiian sovereignty continues to

    Mindy Pennybacker

  • July 1, 1999

    ‘Free-Range Rude’

    Early in Hannibal, Thomas Harris's hungrily anticipated sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, an Italian chief investigator on the trail of Dr.

    Annie Gottlieb

  • July 1, 1999

    The Non-Silence of the Un-Lamblike

    After the success of Infinite Jest in 1996, David Foster Wallace took a vacation from fiction and, perhaps, from fans' expectations with A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.

    Tom LeClair