The Corrections book by Jonathan Franzen

In a 1996 Harper’s article, then-obscure novelist Jonathan Franzen made what has since become a much-publicized...

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Hamlet in Purgatory book by Stephen Greenblatt

For several months after my friend Elizabeth died, when I was sixteen, I would be awakened in the middle of the night...

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The Dying Animal book by Philip Roth

While the title creature of Philip Roth’s The Dying Animal is drawn from a Yeats poem, a gimlet-eyed reader might...

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Stranger Shores book by J.M. Coetzee

At sixty-one years of age, the South African novelist J.M. Coetzee has crafted several treasures of contemporary...

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Political Fictions book by Joan Didion

Something about Joan Didion’s writing makes me almost believe every word. She’s so acridly disarming, so apparently...

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The Glass Palace book by Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh occupies a rather curious place in the landscape of contemporary English-language authors from the Indian...

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