Satin Island Tom McCarthy [Jonathan Cape] This reviewer has been a fan of Tom McCarthy’s work since Remainder, a weird and deeply intelligent book about obsession and authenticity. Satin Island is McCarthy’s fourth novel, and in many ways it’s a distillation of the themes of Remainder. That is, it is read more…
The Vegetarian Han Kang [Portobello Books] In The Vegetarian Han Kang ruthlessly targets South Korea’s social codes, using the story of a simple, personal rebellion to expose a callous patriarchy. Yeoung-hye is the titular vegetarian. ‘Completely unremarkable in every way’, according to her salaryman husband, she one day announces her read more…
Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange Trans. Malcolm C. Lyons [Penguin] Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange is the first English translation of 18 medieval Arabic stories, taken from a ragged and damaged manuscript discovered in Istanbul. In his introduction, Robert Irwin explains that read more…
An Unnecessary Woman Rabih Alameddine [Grove Press] Early in An Unnecessary Woman, protagonist Aaliya Saleh excoriates contemporary writers for making her ‘feel inadequate because [her] life isn’t as clear and concise as [their] stories’. Rabih Alameddine’s fourth novel accompanies this solitary septuagenarian character through years of accordingly winding, and largely read more…
Bad Feminist Roxane Gay [Constable & Robinson] Internet Feminism exists in motion, in instant response to cultural ills, and for that reason is extremely difficult to condense into a book. But this is what Bad Feminist wants to do. Gay argues for a dynamic feminism, one which is inclusive, imperfect read more…
Dead Man Talking Roddy Doyle [Random House] Roddy Doyle has a history of involvement with literacy initiatives, as the co-founder of Fighting Words*, a creative writing centre for children in Dublin’s inner city. Inspired by 826 Valencia (a similar program founded by Dave Eggers in San Francisco), Fighting Words provides read more…
Sara Baume tells Totally Dublin about her debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither, a dreamy tale of rural isolation and canine companionship.
Sara Baume’s Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a profoundly moving and extremely impressive debut novel.
In many ways, The Pure Gold Baby could not differ more from the Sylvia Plath poem (Lady Lazarus) from which it derives its title.
Michel Faber masks his multifaceted new work The Book of Strange New Things as a straight-up sci-fi tale.
Donald Antrim’s first story collection, The Emerald Light in the Air, is, by turns, absurd, entertaining, and claustrophobically sad.
Miranda July makes odd arts and her first novel is not quite whimsical but it is strained.
Much like the exhibit of endangered primates that gives Hall of Small Mammals its name, Pierce’s first collection is an engrossing display of all the floundering mammals within.
A review of Sait Faik Abasıyanık’s collection A Useless Man: Selected Stories
Climate change, as Naomi Klein points out in the opening pages of This Changes Everything, is an issue we’re not comfortable thinking about, at least for any extended period of time.
Review of Herta Müller’s Cristina and Her Double
Richard Ayoade appears to field questions literally from himself, in a kind of bizarre shadow-interview, managing somehow to parse his personality and defy the laws of physics.
The epigraph for Ben Lerner’s second novel 10:04 is Walter Benjamin’s description of Hasidic beliefs regarding the world to come, where ‘everything will be as it is now, just a little different.’
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