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Book Review: Satin Island – Tom McCarthy

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…

Book Review: The Vegetarian – Han Kang

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…

Book Review: An Unnecessary Woman – Rabih Alameddine

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…

Book Review: Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay

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…

Book Review: Dead Man Talking – Roddy Doyle

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…

 

 

 
 

Book Review: 10:04 – Ben Lerner

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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