Both novels and non-fiction suggest exhaustion, disappointment, and listlessness are central to digital capitalism.
“Joyland” joins a resurgence of Urdu films in recent years whose social realist orientation it both shares and disavows.
If the iconic NASA astronaut is a confident (male) neo-colonist, Forner’s Astronauts are infantile, unprotected, vulnerable.
Freud taught that childhoods shape our adult selves with unresolved trauma. But this novel shows that childhood joy can shape adulthood, too.
Is “low-tech” a more sustainable alternative to moving fast and breaking things? Or just a new iteration of the neoliberal fantasy?
Maybe we have something to learn from their proclivity for the irreconcilable, unruly, and open-ended.
Turkish literature shows how difficult it is to balance political critique with literary experimentation. But it can—and, perhaps, must—succeed.
One of the strangest, most devastating works of Holocaust literature is about games.
One Victorian historian realized that if ideas of sexual morality changed across time, then 19th-century Britain could change, too.
Public Books and the Sydney Review of Books have partnered to exchange a series of articles with international concerns.
Is it ever possible to reconcile clashing visions of national memory?
A work of absurdist art that entertains, but also carries a surprisingly grown-up message about taking responsibility for the state of our politics.
“Whitehead’s satire takes aim … at a capitalist system that senses the profits to be made from proclaiming that systemic racism is a thing of the past.”
If George Eliot was interested in religious coexistence, she was also interested in unbelief.
Rushdie’s fifteenth novel casts doubt on the very production of historical knowledge.
Faculty and students can—and must—govern their own institutions, so that universities maintain their vital power.
Few writers have been as beloved by readers and underrated by reviewers as Daphne du Maurier. What irked them?
Fifty-five years after its release, “Rosemary's Baby” is still a masterful depiction of abuse we are only now beginning to officially recognize as “coercive control.”
When did we all become so empowered, passionate, and self-enterprising?
Despite the fact that Hindi is the language of more than 400 million people, Hindi fiction is rarely translated.