Merve Emre on Benjamin Moser and Susan Sontag

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In The Atlantic, Merve Emre takes issue with Benjamin Moser’s new official biography of Susan Sontag, and particularly Moser’s distinction between Sontag’s private and public selves.

 

Sandra Newman on Toni Morrison

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In a Washington Post op-ed, Sandra Newman takes issue with the misattribution of platitudes to Toni Morrison in the wake of the author’s death.

 

Anthony Uhlmann on Wayne Macauley

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At the Sydney Review of Books, Anthony Uhlmann tries to pin down the inner workings and moral purposes of Wayne Macauley’s Simpson Returns.

 

J.H. Holt on Patrick Langley

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J.H. Holt zeroes in on how the depersonalised, staccato language of Patrick Langley’s Arkady conjures the textures of contemporary London, in a new review at Full Stop.

 

Jonathan McAloon on Mathias Énard

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In a review of Mathias Énard’s Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants, Jonathan McAloon uses the novel’s publication as an occasion to look back at the author’s work to date.