A Translator’s Diary: A Year in the Life of Emma Ramadan Part IV

Almost History: What We Write When We Write Books About Books

Finding Redemption in Daphne Du Maurier’s Cornwall

On Mirtha Dermisache

Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

A Translator’s Diary: A Year in the Life of Emma Ramadan Part III

Morocco vs. the Space-time Continuum, with Nicknames—On Ahmed Bouanani’s The Hospital

Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava

A Translator’s Diary: A Year in the Life of Emma Ramadan Part II

Lost in the Woods: Richard Powers’s The Overstory

On Reading Moon Brow, A Burnt Generation

Voyage to the Storm

Look East to Find the West

Who is Junichiro Tanizaki?

A Memoir By a Writer Who Doesn’t Want One

A Translator’s Diary: A Year in the Life of Emma Ramadan

What Is a Translator?

The French Invasion

The Iliac Crest and Its Female Imposters

The Novels of Jenny Erpenbeck

From Johannesburg 2004 to New York 2017: The Exploded View by Ivan Vladislavić

Thoreau’s Questions

Bakkhai by Euripides and Anne Carson

“How It Came to Me to Say” Gordon Lish

Following The Peregrine

Herrera’s Trilogy-of-Sorts

Three by Krasznahorkai

Louche Life: The Literary Crimes of Gary Indiana

(Re)reading Don DeLillo in Dark Times

The Apostles of The Culture Industry: Grand Hotel Abyss by Stuart Jeffries

The Uncanny Self : On Sarah Manguso’s 300 Arguments

The Rules of Attraction: On Roger Lewinter

Zipping Up the Elephant Suit: Jonathan Lethem’s Latest Quartet

Novel Spirits: George Saunders Goes Long

Five Hungarian Writers to Know

Charting a Course Toward Cultural Decolonization

Beyond Malcolm and Garnett: The Possibilities and Limitations of Translation

The Scrim and Fog of Translation

Mario Bellatín: Between Hermeticism and Communion

A Bastard Form of Writing

After Szymborska: The 2016 Szymborska Prize and Polish Poetry Today

A Face to Meet the Faces That We Meet

Queenpins: Megan Abbott’s Women in Noir

Hiding: Looking for Henry Green

The Comedy of Mishap and Misfortune: Bruce Jay Friedman

Uncaging the Panther: On Napoleon’s Roads by David Brooks

The Struggle Against Language

War Music by Christopher Logue

The Hostile Situation of Hope

Later John Barth: The Wrong Peak, the Reach for Magic, the Feminist Argument

The Story of a Storyteller: On John Barth’s Collected Stories

On Stéphane Mallarmé

Pitol’s Wounds

Barstool Stories

A Chorale of Dead Souls

The Popularizer of Pessimism

Death in Ishiguro

On Trying to Write About Tomas Tranströmer

The Daring Young Women on the Flying Trapeze

Bloomsbury in Buenos Aires

Reviving Antal Szerb

39 Africans Walk into a Bar

Reading Prae

Noir and Nihilism in True Detective

The Colonel’s World

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country by William H. Gass

In the funnel of infinity: Life Portraits by Hilda Hilst

Readings, Fragments, Surplus

The Ants by Sawako Nakayasu

On Gottland by Mariusz Szczygieł

A Million Windows: Gerald Murnane’s House of Fiction

An Ism of One’s Own: On Volodine’s Writers

The Great Elizabeth Taylor

Yoram Kaniuk: 80 Years in a Desiccated Land

Around Santa Fe

Serious Immobilities: Reflections on Edouard Levé’s Works


The Histories of Herodotus, translated by Tom Holland

On the Letters of David Markson

Red or Dead by David Peace

Césaire at Mid-Century

Lilo, Nelly and I: On translating Christa Wolf’s “August”

The Rs and Ls of Ann Quin

An Exchange on the Books of Josef Winkler

The Teeming Black Scrawl: W.G. Sebald’s A Place in the Country

The Planetary Writing of J. M. Ledgard

On the Inimitable Lydia Davis

Like Sugar Dissolving: On The End of the Story by Lydia Davis

Notes from the Netherlands: On Lydia Davis’ translations of A.L. Snijders

The Lydia Davis Interview

The Lydia Davis Assignment

A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On: On Lydia Davis’ “A Mown Lawn”

There Is a Center But the Center Is Empty: The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Modernist Anecdotes

Valuing Experimental Literary Book Publishing as Non-Monetized Thought

The Veiled Sweets: Agha Shahid Ali’s Surprising Use of Humor

The Art of Disturbance: On the Novels of James Purdy

The Uses of Uncertainty: Dalkey Archive’s “Library of Korea” series

Entering the World Stage: Miklós Szentkuthy’s Ars Poetica

A Library of Unlimited English Books

We Have Never Been Well-Read: Franco Moretti’s Pact With the Devil

Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai and Music & Literature Issue 2

What Comes Next

A World of Dew and Ash: The Poetry of Tomasz Różycki

U.R. Ananthamurthy and the Rite of Writing

From Elfriede Jelinek: A Portrait by Verena Mayer and Roland Koberg

The Irresistible Heart of Darkness: Jáchym Topol and the Devil to Pay

Object Correlative: World-Building in Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue

African Lives: Truth Is Harder Than Fiction

Milosz as California Poet

Walking With Walser

Five Theories as to Why Little, Brown and Company, a Division of Hachette Book Group, Inc., Decided to Publish Both Flesh and Not, a collection of “Essays” by the Late David Foster Wallace, Theories Which Imply or Enact Their Own Approaches to Reviewing It

A Few Words and the Scrap of a Tune: On Kirsty Gunn’s The Big Music

Exquisite Machines: (Re)constructing the Textual Sublime

On Humility: Notes Toward an Understanding of Stig Sæterbakken and his Art

“The Thoughts of Other People”: James Wood and the Realism of “Mind”

Introducing Rachel Shihor, Chronicler of Lost Time

Symbols of Control

Solving (and Not Solving) The Conversions

Hymns to Misunderstanding: Harry Mathews’ First Three Novels

I Read It for the Plot: The Narrative Artistry of Harry Mathews’ Cigarettes

My words aren’t stones to harm you but fences to make you not harm me: On the peculiar generosity of Selected Declarations of Dependence

Short Disclaimers, Extravagant Tablecloths: Harry Mathews, Poet

Tch, Tch: notes on Cigarettes

My Life in CIA, a series of overlapping interactions

Developing an African Women’s Poetic Canon in French

De-Censoring an Iranian Love Story

On The Alienist by Machado de Assis

“Locked in Each Other’s Arms”: Jane Bowles’s Fiction of Psychic Dependency

Post-Literacy or Super-Literacy?

The Adversary: On Susan Sontag’s Journals, 1964-1980

Remaking the Short Story: Four Untranslated Authors from Spain

Mercè Rodoreda and the Style of Innocence

A Passion for the Void: The Hour of the Star

The Making of The Rings of Saturn

The Geometry of Dissent: On the Novels of Juan José Saer

Unlearning the Art of Getting Lost: The Fiction of Ivan Vladislavić

Mapping Michel Houellebecq: A Retrospective

The Moving Tide of Abundance: Petersburg by Andrei Bely

The Year of Living Mildly

Chris & Cronenberg

In the Wake: Per Petterson and the Notion of Contemporary Existentialism

A Man Taking Pictures of a Man Taking Pictures: Theory of Mind, the Novel, and B.S. Johnson’s Subjective Objective

What’s Next Isn’t the Point: Philip Roth in Age

Why Read Antonio Lobo Antunes?

“You Were Born to Live on an Island” — A Conversation Between E.J. Van Lanen, Bragi Olafsson, and Solvi Bjorn Sigurdsson

The “Legacy” of Grace Paley

Who Was David Foster Wallace? — The Management of Insignificance: Thoughts on “The Suffering Channel,” Reality, and Shit

Who Was David Foster Wallace? — The Pale King and the Terrifying Demands Upon It

Who Was David Foster Wallace? — Better Left Unfed: Consider the Lobster and the Late Nonfiction

Who Was David Foster Wallace? — Beautiful Oblivion: Eighteen Notes

Who Was David Foster Wallace? — All its horror and unbound power: David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

Who Was David Foster Wallace? — (An Homage to) the Difficult Birth and Endless Death of Attention

Who Was David Foster Wallace? — Wallace’s Masterpiece

Fictional History: The Irreverent Chronicles of Alfredo Iriarte

Notes Toward an Understanding of Thomas Bernhard

A few keys to understanding Spanish contemporary fiction, and five authors to—at least—enjoy it

“I run with the future ahead of me and the cops behind me”: A roundtable on Margarita Karapanou

The Portuguese Blogger: On Jose Saramago’s The Notebook

Different Similarities: Jorie Graham and Josie Sigler

The Forgotten 19th-Century Russian Great

Spoiler, Or, A Reckoning with Sentimental Habits By Way of Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet

The Greatest Japanese Writer You’ve Never Heard of

Stefan Zweig’s World of Yesterday

Kindred Poets: Kay Ryan and Marianne Moore

Novel Ideas? Problems with Reality Hunger by David Shields

From Updike to Baker to Wallace: Under the Brief Shade of the Tuxedo Shop Awning

On Helene Cixous’ So Close

How Jeanette Winterson Makes Fiction

Inveterate and Unrepentant Book Collecting: A Guide to My Favorite Contact Sport

The Mythology of László Krasznahorkai

A Dark Dream of Life: The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by João Guimarães Rosa

The People’s Writer: How Eileen Chang Remains Relevant By Not Writing Political Fiction

Reading Bolaño in Tehran

Pyrite: Why You Shouldn’t Read Ingo Schulze

Shelly Jackson: The Writer Whose Medium Is Reality

Herta Müller’s The Passport

From The Girl with the Golden Parasol by Uday Prakash

Mass Menstruation and Lesbian Orgies: The Women’s Writing of Carmen Boullosa

Per Petterson and The Masculine Question

On Jonathan Swift’s Poetry

Field Guides to Elsewhere: How We Read Languages We Don’t Read

White Privilege and Responsibility: Reading Wallace Shawn’s Essays

Against the Impossible to Explain: The Postmodern Novel and Society, Part 2

Against the “Impossible to Explain”: The Postmodern Novel and Society

From the Editors: On Lessons Learned and Not Learned From the Nobel

Translate This Book!

From Jerzy Pilch’s A Thousand Peaceful Cities

Tracing Mahmoud Darwish’s Map

From An Unfinished Score by Elise Blackwell

Only Poems Can Translate Poems: On the Impossibility and Necessity of Translation

Notes on Jerzy Pilch’s A Thousand Peaceful Cities

False Truths: How Fact Is Fiction in Machado de Assis

Intentional Schizophrenia: J.M. Coetzee’s Autobiographical Trilogy and the Falling Authority of the Author

Nikos Kachtitsis’s Dark Night of the Soul and The Mezzanine

From The Mezzanine by Nikos Kachtitsis

Now Playing at Pynchon Cinemas: What’s Going on in Pynchon’s Three California Novels

Blogging to Gorbachev: Stanislaw Borokowski’s Letters to a Latter Day Cold War Hero

Let Me Make a Snowman: John Gardner, William Gass, and “The Pedersen Kid”

Citizen of Literature: Dubravka Ugrešić