“The Storm” By Tomás González Translated from the Spanish by Andrea Rosenberg 174 pp. Archipelago Books. $16. “The Storm” is a short, dry but occasionally gripping novel about what happens when a storm tests the already strained ties of familial and economic relationships during 24 hours in a Columbian vacation destination. Twin brothers Mario and Javier and their father are going fishing to catch food … Continue reading No, Not that Stormy: Review of "The Storm"
“The Hole” By José Revueltas Translated by Amanda Hopkinson and Sophie Hughes 77p. New Directions Books. $12.95. Most of us have at least glanced at one of the “inside look” into prison TV shows. Whether it’s “Orange is the New Black”, “Prison Break”, or “Scared Straight” we think that these TV shows give a somewhat honest portrayal of prison life. But as is the case … Continue reading Are We Free?: A Review of "The Hole" by José Revueltas
If you haven’t read Part 1, I recommend reading it first because, you know, continuity, support of your friend, etc. etc. While I’m very proud that I’ve rid myself of the “CLASSICS ARE THE BEST” mindset, I still read a lot of older books. I realized recently that my love of history (which I thought had died when I gave up on getting a Political … Continue reading My 10 Favorite Books of 2018: Part 2: Oldies but Goodies
If you wonder why I haven’t, you know, been writing a lot, it’s because I’ve been reading–a lot (115 books so far). Also I’ve been taking a break to realign my critical gears but I digress. This article is part 1 of 2. Last year I wrote a longish article about my favorite and least favorite books that I had read in 2017. Because I … Continue reading My 5 Favorite Books of 2018: Part 1: Contemporary Literature
Waiting for Tomorrow By Nathacha Appanah (1973-) Translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan 156 pp. Graywolf Press. $16.00 If someone were to ask the question, “What would a novel that sacrifices basic narrative tools such as dialogue and the gradual release of a plot, but is full of beautiful descriptions look like?” the answer would be Waiting for Tomorrow. The story of Waiting for … Continue reading Waiting for Another Novel: Review of "Waiting for Tomorrow" by Nathacha Appanah
The Kremlin Ball by Curzio Malaparte (1898-1957) Translated from the Italian by Jenny McPhee 223 pp. New York Review of Books. $15.95 I believe that because of our innate idealism (and our data regurgitation education system) we like to think of history as a long list of dates that act as little islands. We arrive at one island and then are catapulted to the next … Continue reading A Very Short Review of "The Kremlin Ball: (Material for a Novel)" by Curzio Malaparte