Assemblage in search of insight is the guiding ethos at the heart of two dynamic recently published books by Mexican authors.
Forget traditional “heroes.” The protagonists of some centuries-old stories are social climbers and tricksters, even cheats and cowards.
A defaced family photograph—with an ancestor cut out—reveals to Ferrante’s new protagonist how women are erased by the words and deeds of men.
“There’s a passage early on in Book 2 that’s so smug, so macho (in a literary way), that’s so—ugh! I can’t explain it.”
How can experimental fiction help to democratize storytelling?
In a recent French novel, an ordinary woman inadvertently becomes a drug kingpin—and does so by learning to see anew Paris’s urban landscape.
John Cage's concerts taught us to hear silence. Can novels do the same?
How could any Belgian graphic novel escape Tintin’s shadow? Enter Brecht Evens’s The Making Of.
Policing the borders of the Spanish language was a tool of religious and racial discrimination. Yet Spanish is not inherently imperial.
Fernanda Melchor’s Hurricane Season makes other authors’ moral delicacy look like condescension.
Storytelling about the European Union tends to be done by those aggressively disinterested in its survival. Isn’t that a problem?
What distinguishes the American from the European intellectual? Does that matter?
Departing from a fixed form, some Latin American writers employed the short story as a laboratory of writing.
I’m just wary of the tendency to glorify revolutionary violence and masculinity.
Heinrich von Kleist teaches how to resist heteronormativity, as well as how to imagine gender fluidity and a less restrictive masculinity.
The late 19th and early 21st centuries share a common loss of technological innocence.
Fathers dead and fathers dying—as well as adult children struggling to leave their fathers’ shadow—shape two recent novels from Colombia. Though one concerns a ...
Today Europa Editions publishes Elena Ferrante’s Key Words, by Italy’s foremost Ferrante scholar, Tiziana de Rogatis. Key Words takes the acclaimed Neapolitan ...
Public Books and the Sydney Review of Books have partnered to exchange a series of articles with international concerns. Today’s article, “Temporal Lines: An Interview with Pedro Mairal, Samanta Schweblin, Fabian Martinez,” by ...
Ten years ago, when I would ask my students if they knew any modern Italian authors—not Dante—I would occasionally get the response of “Calvino” and, more ...