Book Review: Landscape in Concrete by Jakov Lind

First appeared in Three Percent We meet a familiar angst-ridden Russian early in the pages of Jakov Lind’s novel Landscape in Concrete: Dostoevsky’s Underground man surfaces in the guise of Gauthier Bachmann to here tread the desolate earth of the Ardennes during WW ll. No … Continue readingBook Review: Landscape in Concrete by Jakov Lind

Book Review: Nazi Literature in the Americas by Robert Bolaño

First appeared in The Quarterly Conversation Assuming the format of an Everyman’s dictionary of writers, Robert Bolaño’s novel Nazi Literature in the Americas, consists of a series of short profiles, thirty brief fictitious lives of pan American fascist novelists and poets, depicted with such straightforward … Continue readingBook Review: Nazi Literature in the Americas by Robert Bolaño

Netherland, Lyrical Realism, and the flip flops of Zadie Smith

In a recent article entitled ‘Two Paths for the Novel’, Zadie Smith praises what requires criticism, and criticizes what deserves praise; erects straw men in order, simply, to blow them over, and presents arguments, which, when valid, are so for the wrong reasons. Her thinking … Continue readingNetherland, Lyrical Realism, and the flip flops of Zadie Smith