October 10, 2010


Bolano, Roberto, The Insufferable Gaucho, translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews (New York: New Directions, 2003, 2010) (see Michael Greenberg, "Hall of Mirrors," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 9/19/2010).

Bolano, Roberto, The Return, translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews (New York: New Directions, 2001, 2010).

Foulds, Adam, The Quickening Maze: A Novel (London: Penguin Books, 2009).

Keilson, Hans, Comedy in a Minor Key: A Novel, translated from the German by Damion Searls (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1947, 2010) (see Francine Prose, "As Darkness Falls," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 8/8/2010).

Keilson, Hans, The Death of the Adversary: A Novel translated from the German by Ivo Jarosy (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1959, 1962) (From the backcover: "Written while Hans Keilson was in hiding during World War II, The Death of the Adversary is the self-portrait of a young man helplessly fascinated by an unnamed 'adversary' whom he watches rise to power in 1930s Germany. It is a tale of horror, not only in its evocation of Hitler's gathering menace but also in its hero's desperate attempt to discover logic where none exists. A psychological fable as wry and haunting as Badenheim 1939, The Death of the Adversary is a lost classic of modern fiction.").

McCarthy, Tom, C (New York: Knopf, 2010) (see Jennifer Egan, "Code World," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 9/12/2010).

Musil, Robert, The Confusions of Young Torless (1906) translated from the German by ShaunWhiteside, introduction by J. M. Coetzee (Penguin Books, 2001) ("Yes, there are dead and living thoughts. The sort of thinking which moves on the illuminated surface, which can be checked at any point along the thread of causality, does not need to be the living kind. A thought that one encounters along that path remains indifferent, like a man chosen at random from within a column of marching soldiers. A thought - it may have passed through our brain long ago - comes to life only at the moment when it is joined by something that is no longer thought, no longer logical, so that we feel its truth beyond all justification, like an anchor tearing from it into blood-filled, living flesh . . . Any great realization is only half completed in the brain's pool of light; the other half is formed in the dark soil of our innermost being, and above all it is a state of the soul on whose furthest tip the thought sits perched, like a flower." Id. at 156.).

Ogawa, Yoko, The Housekeeper and the Professor translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder (New York: Picador, 2003, 2009) (see Dennis Overbye, "You Must Not Remember This," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 3/23/2009).

Pullman, Philip, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (New York: Canongate, 2010) (see Christopher Hitchens, "In the Name of the Father, the Sons . . . ," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 7/11/2010).

Rachman, Tom, The Imperfectionists: A Novel (New York: The Dial Press, 2010) (see Christopher Buckley, "The Paper," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 5/2/2010)).

Stern, Steve, The Frozen Rabbi: A Novel (Chapel Hills: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010) (see Ben Marcus, "The Rebbe of Graceland," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 7/4/2010).

Saramago, Jose, The Elephant’s Journey: A Novel, translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa (Boston & New York; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2008, 2010) (see J. M. Ledgard, "Solomon's Travels," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 9/19/2010).

Shteyngart, Gary, Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel (New York: Random House, 2010) (see Michiko Kakutani, "Love Found Amid Ruins of Empire," NYT, Tuesday, 7/27/2010; and Michaed Wood, "Never Say Die," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 8/8/2010).

Wallace, David Foster, The Broom in the System (New York: Penguin Books, 1987, 2004).

Yamashita, Karen Tei, I Hotel: A Novel with art by Leland Wong and Sina Grace (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2010) (From the backcover: "This dazzling, multi-voiced fusion of fiction, playwriting, graphic art, and philosophy spins an epic tale of America's struggle for civil rights as it played out in San Francisco. Divided into ten novellas, one for each year, I Hotel begins in 1968, when Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, students took to the streets, the Vietnam War raged, and cities burned." "As Yamashita's motley cast of students, laborers, artists, revolutionaries, and provocateurs make their way through the history of the day, they become caught in a riptide of politics and passion, clashing ideologies, and personal turmoil. A by the time the survivors unite to save the International Hotel--epicenter of the Yellow Power Movement--their stories have come to define the very heart of the American experience.").