Article Archive for May 2011
An interview with the author of the debut novel “The Good Thief”
A heartfelt novel tells the story of the “Good Thief” who was crucified alongside Jesus at Calvary.
Queen of the Nile, Queen of the Damned? “Queen of Kings” teaches a valuable lesson about not judging a book by its killer hook.
The latest epic collection of fantasy art in the Spectrum series features hundreds of weird visions (and half a dozen very different trips over the rainbow).
A massive, lively, entertaining work by Boccaccio that isn’t “The Decameron”
A new fantasy series about a sexy druid (two thousand years young) fighting supernatural threats in present-day Arizona.
New in paperback: a book that illuminates the slightly abstruse joys of scholarship.
The fabled Walter Simonson issues of “The Mighty Thor” are finally collected in one massive volume – and they’ve never looked better.
An excellent new biography gives us the man behind the so-called Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck
The first volume of a fantasy series set in a richly-imagined world of woolly mammoths and exotic tribesmen.
A new collection of short stories is set in an American West that’s masculinely bleak – or is it bleakly masculine?
The first book in a new vampire series shows all the veteran author’s signature strengths.
Overlook Press publishes a powerful and disturbing posthumous work by Andre Schwarz-Bart, author of the masterpiece “The Last of the Just”
An interesting – if problematic – collection of short stories by the author of “Metrophilias”
Now published in paperback: a fantastic annotated edition of Charles Darwin’s eternally-relevant bombshell, “On the Origin of Species”
An immensely enjoyable new book looks at four women who ruled England in the centuries before Queen Elizabeth I.
Steve Donoghue grapples with the initial irritations and eventual pleasures of Joanna Smith Rakoff’s A Fortunate Age: “The process that changes your reaction will be familiar to anyone who’s ever been seduced by New York (a sordid, delectable experience that can happen repeatedly throughout your life – and against which there is no known vaccine).”
In her latest novel, Jennifer Haigh explores the impact of the Boston Catholic Church sex abuse scandal on the lives of one close-knit family.
There is nothing conventional about Christina Mengert’s new book of poetry, nor can it be read the same way twice.
How to write a great novel of the financial crisis? One contender has published his attempt, and it features an updated version of that bugbear figure from Shakespeare and Trollope: the Jewish banker.
In The King’s Speech, King George V is depicted as a fanatical tyrant; but his legacy is one of dignified flexibility in the face of revolutionary changes, and his temperament may have helped save the monarchy
Semiotext(e) is famous for theory and provocation. So what happens when its co-founder takes on the art world in the latest installment of their manifesto series? To begin with, she doesn’t write a manifesto…
Anne Roiphe was raised in privilege, educated at Smith, and joined in marriage to a successful playwright; her new memoir reveals how painfully constricting that life came to be.
A con man, an ambitious office boy, and two Mormons–it sounds like the set-up to a punch line. But is the joke on Broadway? Our theater critic examines the “why” of musicals, the limits of Harry Potter, and the perfidy of Canada.
Is Marjorie Garber’s defense of literary studies balm to the beleaguered English professor’s soul? Not yet, anyway.
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Our resident nose sniffs those most populist of perfumes: the ones we rub under our arms. Join her on a guided tour through the pharmacy aisle.
Walking talking cats? mysterious birthmarks? ancient secrets? Bogdan Suceava takes us to a strange place (Romania, present day) in his newly translated novel.
The omissions in Javier Marías’s beguiling, enigmatic novels are just as important as what appear on the page, and two newly translated books are marked by this juggling of the known and the unknown.
Kurt Wallander’s touching swan song shows why his creator Henning Mankell is an acknowledged master of the police procedural.
Francis Spufford’s new story collection blends fact and fiction to explore the truths and towering delusions of the Soviet economic system–and its production model, the American fast food chain.
Pauline Kael is out of print today and perhaps known best for the enemies she made. But any immersion into her passionate, intelligent writing shows her to have been one of the best movie critics–or critic of any kind–of the past century.
Frame narratives, rags-to-riches angles, gender-swapping, the wages of grief, and …. love. Yes, we’re talking about a video game, specifically Dragon Age 2.
A conversation with cover artist Julie Schustack about LA, worlds under glass, Frankenstein devices, and building a house just to take it apart.
Tea Obreht’s “The Tiger’s Wife” is one of the most heralded fiction debuts of the season. Kevin Frazier weighs the switch-ups of its tone against the beauties of its prose.
“Music Box Toaster” by Julie Schustack