A recent flourishing of Palestinian literature reckons with complications in historical memory caused by settler colonialism.
Scandinavian crime novels once showed how society failed its citizens. Today, the genre innovates differently—by depicting more violence.
Franco-Moroccan writer Leïla Slimani reveals the dirty underside of bourgeois domesticity. Is her taboo breaking worthy of praise?
Fernanda Melchor’s Hurricane Season makes other authors’ moral delicacy look like condescension.
Fitting chaos into form is what genre was made for. But what does it mean for our literature—let alone our society—when reality suddenly turns wolfishly against ...
“I strongly lay claim to imagination, because to us Black women for a long time the possibility of imagination had been negated.”
Italy’s past, present, and future are no less marked by race than any other former colonial power. Acknowledging that is only the beginning.
Yaa Gyasi’s new novel meditates on the problems we try to solve with science, with faith, and with love.
Let’s rupture and reject the “timeline,” a flawed and colonial form of teaching history.
How should readers and scholars look on the tangible traces writers leave behind?
It might seem self-evident that White the author practiced what Strunk and White the style gurus preached, but the truth is more complicated.
While most American fiction focuses on national concerns, its high-end, prize-winning fiction looks around the globe. Why the divide?
As in mythology, the characters in a 1984 Turkish novel are acted upon by forces distant and uncaring.
A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
If Cloud Atlas is any guide, one of the best ways to sound like a bygone novelist is to make your narrator sound like a racist.
Why did Americans start distrusting small towns? The answer is one book, in which a woman moves from the city—and loses her freedom.
“We're in a science fiction novel now that we are all co-writing together.”
A child’s novel can be funny by revealing how much a child does know, after all.
What can the history of the temp-work industry teach us about the precarity of modern working life?
Rather than try to kill his literary parents, Eugenides embraces as many of them as possible.