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OLM Favorites: Elena Ferrante and the Art of the Left Hand

December 1st, 2017
OLM Favorites: Elena Ferrante and the Art of the Left Hand

Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels — which form a sprawling epic about art, friendship, and power — are what Goethe called Weltliteratur: books that speak to the world, not just to a nation.

“Are You Living or Dead?”

May 1st, 2015
“Are You Living or Dead?”

Usually Kazuo Ishiguro’s narrators implicate us in their world, reminding us of all we have in common. But in his new novel we are strangers looking at an unrecognizable landscape.

Outrunning the Constables

February 1st, 2015
Outrunning the Constables

To shut down his internal censors, Karl Ove Knausgaard wrote My Struggle at the astounding rate of over a thousand pages a year. The result is fiction that is vibrantly alive.

A Long Time in the Making

December 1st, 2014
A Long Time in the Making

Nora Webster may be Colm Tóibín’s slightest novel yet, but his later novels are born from and echo this wise and intimate investigation of the interior life.

Dream-to-Desk

July 1st, 2014
Dream-to-Desk

Michael Cunningham’s beautiful new novel The Snow Queen follows the wisdom of fairy tales: its revelations occur at dusk, because the hour of despair is the most fertile of the day.

A Visit from the Prince

February 1st, 2011
A Visit from the Prince

You think you want to look beauty in the eye? Get ready to tremble… Alice Brittan reviews Michael Cunningham’s paradoxical novel “By Nightfall”.

Apartness

December 1st, 2010
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A new collection of Nadine Gordimer’s short fiction illuminates the stark realities of apartheid and showcases the literary talents of the woman who saw it all.