Articles tagged dystopia, fiction, trend

Metatextual Games Stamp Out Thriller Conventions in ‘Based on a True Story’

French author Delphine de Vigan is very successful at setting up an original mystery, but she gets bogged down in overly literary reflections.

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‘The Space Between the Stars’ Is a Stellar Debut

Combining meditations on faith and science with a ragtag band of dystopia survivors, The Space Between the Stars entertains and asks important questions.

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Recipients of the Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, Anthologized

The common thread in Pen America Best Debut Stories 2017 is a simple and succinct style and a desire to tell a good story free from the bells and whistles that sometimes scream “MFA”.

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Small Beauty, Big Ideas: A Conversation with Lambda Award Winner Jia Qing Wilson-Yang

‘Best Transgender Fiction’ winner’s work challenges Can-Lit and the representation of identity.

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Stendhal’s ‘Italian Chronicles’ Is a Sordid, Steamy Saga of Sin and Death

In the papal lands and amid the Vatican's power plays, brigands, seducers, nobles, and nuns battle it out.

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The Guinness-drinking Folks at ‘The Forensic Records Society’ Sure Know Their Music

Magnus Mills tackles religious disintegration with a precision which is almost excessive in The Forensic Records Society.

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War and the Novel of Integrity in ‘The Story of a Brief Marriage’

A brief, brutal, and exquisite novel set over the course of one day in a man's life in the refugee camps of war-torn northern Sri Lanka.

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Nick Laird’s ‘Modern Gods’ and Restless Protagonists

Modern Gods veers away from its trajectory, but it lingers askew.

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How Fragile Relationships and Plans Can Be in Cara Hoffman’s Running

Running is a disconcerting, moving, and ultimately treasurable novel whose rich, lived-in world and remarkably complex and empathetic protagonists remain alluring from start to finish.

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‘Pussy’ Is a Savage Satire in the Form of a Comic Fairytale

Howard Jacobson shows that Donald Trump may not be beyond satire, after all...

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8 Jun 2017 // 8:30 AM

Dreams Can Be Deadly

The Nightwalker may not make perfect sense once it concludes, but its level of engagement, imagination, and self-reflection makes it unforgettably haunting,

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‘The Sisters Chase’ Gives Us a Protagonist Worth Taking the Journey With

Sarah Healy's The Sisters Chase introduces a flawed heroine for the ages in its breezy, affecting narrative.

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Caught Between Two Worlds and Hanging on a String: Wurlitzer’s ‘The Drop Edge of Yonder’

Be repelled by this lunatic if you must, but do so at your own risk.

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Joyce Carol Oates’ ‘Dis Mem Ber’ Paces the Blurred Line Between Horror and Reality

For all the horror, the blood and ugliness, nothing in these pages is all that unthinkable.

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Poetry and Imagery in Abdellah Taïa’s ‘Another Morocco’

Taïa is a writer whose talent shines brightly enough to illuminate the difference between an imitator and an original.

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The Stories in ‘All Stories Are Love Stories’ Are a Haunting Tribute to Perseverance

Four characters search for healing and resolution in the wake of a San Francisco earthquake.

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Each of the Stories in Murakami’s ‘Men Without Women’ Is a Psychological and Existential Mystery

If Lars Svendsen helps one to understand loneliness cognitively, Haruki Murakami allows one to experience it affectively, giving it a slow, desperate pulse.

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My Life May Be a Mess, But ‘Wait Till You See Me Dance’

In this excellent volume of stories, Deb Olin Unferth uses a slippery sense of perspective to stoke empathy for characters acting out.

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John Darnielle’s ‘Universal Harvester’ Holds a Mystery Within a Mystery

Universal Harvester isn't what it looks like, but part of the fun and force come in finding out what it really, maybe is.

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Fear and Loathing in Post-war Amsterdam

A bleakly funny book and a classic of Dutch literature, The Evenings tells the tale of a young man dealing with boredom and self-loathing during the last days of 1946.

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