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Fiona’s Gambit

February 1st, 2013
Fiona’s Gambit

John le Carré is still as popular as he’s ever been, but what about Len Deighton? Our correspondent has gone back to Deighton’s novels and found their Cold War intrigue and human dramas as rewarding as ever.

Second Glance: The Conrad Connection

June 1st, 2012

This picaresque classic by Colombian novelist Álvaro Mutis doubles as an extended valentine to the author of Heart of Darkness. Robert Latona revisits it.

The Prodigal Brothers

December 1st, 2010

Ever since Cain and Abel, literature has reserved a prominent place for sterling heroes — and the flawed, grasping, and entirely more interesting brothers who live in their shadow.

Doubling Up on a Pair of Losers

May 1st, 2009

Jerry Siegel and Miguel Cervantes: each created an immortal literary character (Superman and Don Quixote, of course), but what else could they possibly have in common? Taking his cue from Gerard Jones’ Men of Tomorrow, Robert Latona says: more than you think.