Two novels by Anna Stern

Stern, Anna (2014), Schneestill, Salis ISBN 978-3-906195-17-9 Stern, Anna (2016), Der Gutachter, Salis ISBN 9783906195438 This coming Thursday, the Bachmannpreis will begin again and I will, again, follow along, glued to the TV screen. Excitement, excitement, excitement. I will write … Continue reading

Gila Lustiger: Die Schuld der Anderen

Lustiger, Gila (2015), Die Schuld der Anderen, Berlin-Verlag ISBN 978-3-8270-12227-2 Have you ever read a book and wished its author was a better prose writer? By which I don’t mean, have you ever read a bad book and wished you’d … Continue reading

Patrick Modiano: La place de l’étoile

Modiano, Patrick (1968, édition revue et corrigée 1995), La place de l’étoile, Gallimard. ISBN 978-2-07-036698-9 After Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize in Literature this year, French friends of mine expressed their satisfaction on Facebook. Finally! A readable and popular … Continue reading

Marcel Theroux: Far North

Theroux, Marcel (2009), Far North, Faber and Faber ISBN 978-0-571-23777-7 Had Marcel Theroux’ latest novel not made the shortlist of the National Book Award, I doubt I would have looked twice at the book, which seemed to me rather unremarkable, … Continue reading

Paris Confidential: On Ariel Dorfman’s “Konfidenz”

Dorfman, Ariel (2003), Konfidenz, Dalkey Archive ISBN 1-56478-293-X [Original Publication: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995] Konfidenz. The title sounds German, the author’s name vaguely German as well, yet neither novel nor writer are. Ariel Dorfman is a Chilean writer living … Continue reading

Takashi Hiraide: The Guest Cat

Hiraide, Takashi (2014), The Guest Cat, Picador [Translated by Eric Selland] ISBN 978-1-4472-7940-2 For my birthday a year and a half ago, my sister brought me a cat, as, I suspect, a therapy animal/companion. I love cats, and my sister … Continue reading