Out of print in the United States for nearly thirty years, this newly restored and newly translated version of the Russian science fiction classic is back, and ready to be discovered by a new generation. Like Calvino's Invisible Cities, this novel gives only an impression of setting rather than anything concrete. Through the fragmented narrative, a story of life on Earth following an alien visitation emerges. The tone is serious and more than a little existential, but it is executed with smooth perfection by two master storytellers.
Like an ice-cold glass of lemonade, this book is great anytime of the year but best enjoyed in the summer. Nostalgia trickles from every page of this story about young Douglas Spaulding and his magical summer of '28. Perfect for those too old for their toys and too young for the burdens of adulthood.
Each story in this collection operates slightly to the left of reality. They are often as evocative as they are humorous. Despite their fantastical elements, it is the mundane events of the characters’ everyday that give these stories their weight. It is here that the reader can connect to the human themes of love and loss, nostalgia and desire. Fans of Murakami’s acclaimed novels take note; he is a true master of the short story.
As Kublai Khan's empire is about to fall, Marco Polo eases Khan's pain with tales of far away travels. He recounts the cities he has visited in such a way that they often border on poetry. Each vignette is like a tiny beautiful impressionist painting. Calvino's masterwork is at once hopeful and despairing, exact and vague; all are quiet flashes of perfection.
To say this is a "Must Read" would be redundant. Yes, at some point in one's life, everyone should read Don Quixote. When that day comes for you, be sure to read Edith Grossman's translation. It's the best, hands down. Oh, and the Harold Bloom introduction isn't too shabby either.
The America Steinbeck reflects upon in this novel (mid-1960s) feels largely unchanged in our present. It is a country of tension and war, of kindness and peace. Steinbeck drew from this duality and crafted a passionate story of life on the road. Full of rich characters that make up the American pastiche, Travels With Charley is a calmer and more mature On The Road. The sweeping experience of this lean novel could only have been achieved by an author of the highest order.
The literary world celebrates a disparate collection of international writers, but rarely are the translators of their works ever mentioned. Edith Grossman does these unsung heroes a great justice in 'Why Translation Matters.' In this concise and indispensable book, Grossman explores the cultural role translation participates within. The act of translation is ultimately shown to be one of interpretation rather than simple verbatim, providing new readers with fresh perspectives and engaging interplay with the text. You will never read Marquez, Saramago, Dostoevsky, or Flaubert in the same way again.
A favorite childhood story of mine. It is the tale of a brother and sister's journey across a nameless sea on a boat called the Maggie B. Rich, vivid images combine with a wonderfully sweet tale, to create a special experience. A must read and see for children and adults. "This is a story of a wish come true."
Marquez was already well-established as one of the greatest storytellers by the time he penned this book. Though operating outside his usual genre, this nonfiction work still reflects his passion and prowess. Clandestine retells the events of Miguel Littin, who fled Chile after the 1973 coup. A decade later he returns, in disguise, planning to film a documentary about life under Pinochet's rule. Deeply, deeply engaging.
I first encountered Dumanis at a reading just after "My Soviet Union" was published. Immediately, I was struck by his unique sense of rhythm and even more unique subject matter. His poetry is at once humorous and sorrowful. His voice is very much his own. For lovers of Frank O'Hara and Joseph Cornell, the synthesis is Michael Dumanis.
It is easy to view this collection as nothing more than a postmortem closet cleaning of Vonnegut's unpublished throwaways. It is, assuredly, nothing of the sort. The stories are a mix-bag of satire, witticism, unique characterization, and subtle, social critique. Fan's of Vonnegut's other work, most notably Welcome to the Monkey House, will enjoy these stories, though they are very accessible to all.
Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler opened a Pandora’s Box of literary sin with the hardboiled detective. In their wake came a group of writers who further explored the themes of crime, guilt, and obsessive ardor. All the greats are here in this sleek two-volume collection, everyone from James M. Cain and Jim Thompson to Patricia Highsmith and Cornell Woolrich. Throughout this collection, you will find all the classic tropes that help signify the genre; rainy city nights, wary drifters, femme fatales, and that distinctive hardboiled dialogue. Many of these novels were turned into wonderful film noir hits during the 40s and 50s. Fans of those films take note, here are the sources.