Title: Constellation Author: Adrien Bosc Translator: Willard Wood Publisher: Other Press, New York (2016) ISBN: 978 1 59051 756 7 Is it on one of these bottomless nights that the airplane falls asleep and goes into exile? Well-written prose can excuse a lot. That isn’t hyperbole – I truly believe it. Portions of Adrien Bosc’s novel read like a historical report describing the 1949 crash … Continue reading Constellation by Adrien Bosc (Willard Wood, tr.)
HHhH is the 2010 Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman award winning novel which tells the story of Operation Anthropoid: the secret WWII mission to assassinate SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich. Heydrich was Nazi Germany’s golden child. Chief among his many accomplishments was the development “the final solution to the Jewish question” – which he helped conceive and present to Nazi leaders at the infamous Wannsee … Continue reading HHhH by Laurent Binet (translated from the French by Sam Taylor, audio narrated by John Lee)
Nabokov has, in his brilliant lectures and lessons on literature, said, “Literature was born on the day when a boy came crying wolf, wolf, and there was no wolf behind him.” But this is simple. I would say that the best stories are those in which the lying shepherd boy, or the writer, comes crying wolf, wolf, and a wolf that was not there appears … Continue reading Censoring an Iranian Love Story. a novel. by Shahriar Mandanipour.