Andrew Hungate on Lydia Davis

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Upon the publication of Lydia Davis’ first collection of essays, the aptly titled Essays: One, Andrew Hungate finds something lacking in the book, in a review at 3:AM Magazine.

 

Leslie Jamison on Benjamin Moser and Susan Sontag

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Breaking radically with the judgment of Merve Emre in The Atlantic, Leslie Jamison appears in the latest issue of The New Republic with a rave review of Benjamin Moser’s official biography of Susan Sontag.

 

Eloise Hendy on Family Trauma

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Annie Ernaux, Ocean Vuong, and Vigdis Hjorth are the three writers grouped together by Eloise Hendy, in a new essay at Frieze that identifies intergenerational trauma within families as the key concern of the contemporary novel.

 

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.

 

Dustin Illingworth on Ingeborg Bachmann

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Writing for The Nation, Dustin Illingworth celebrates Malina, by the Austrian experimental novelist Ingeborg Bachmann, recently translated into English by Philip Boehm.

 

Jon Doyle on Ruby Cowling

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At Review 31, Jon Doyle reads Ruby Cowling’s short story collection This Paradise and tries to put his finger on Cowling’s aesthetic tendencies.