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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • June 17, 1999

    Eat, Drink and Be Chary

    J.M. Coetzee's new novella, The Lives of Animals, must be some kind of first.

    Benjamin Kunkel

  • June 17, 1999

    Indian Music, Sans Sitar

    I am an artless serf of Cupid. So are you and your mama--but not Vikram Seth.

    Amitava Kumar

  • May 27, 1999

    Emancipation Proclamation

    Upon his death in 1994, Ralph Ellison left behind some 2,000 pages of a never-finished second novel--more than forty years of fine-tuning what his literary executor, John F.

    John Leonard

  • April 29, 1999

    Fading Czech Velvet

    As I'm driven to the home of Ivan Klima, one of the Czech Republic's most internationally respected writers, the hand of fate slips in beside me in the taxi.

    Mark Schapiro

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