Many can relate to the sense of being a monster in a human suit, of being “unnatural”, of the ways in which queer people are constantly reminded that something is amiss about their desire.
28 Sep 2017
So Much Blue is a controlled novel of interwoven timelines about an artist coming to terms with the secrets he's kept from others.
05 Sep 2017
In this expansive yet detailed and nuanced biography, Edmund Gordon allows the complex and endlessly fascinating Angela Carter to come alive on the page again
12 Jul 2017
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.
22 Jun 2017
Hustvedt reminds us that the making and encountering of art is often embodied, rooted in material and biological and neurological functions.
05 Jun 2017
A servant of the Spanish crown finds himself in remote Paraguay, entertaining fantasies and delusions that clash with the actual circumstances of his position. A bleak, comic, and tragic story of alienation.
23 Feb 2017
Walser's attentiveness to the world's capacity for beauty and kindness in a time of brutality is the most interesting aspect of this book.
15 Feb 2017
Vásquez’s work shows how reputation is its own hermetic chamber, sealing the person off from his self.
29 Jan 2017
The lights go off in a subsidiary office; the phone lines go down and the exits are closed off. What happens next is told by an employee keeping records via rubber stamps.
04 Dec 2016
This glossier and better-dressed creative reimagining of Jane Eyre falls short of the original, sacrificing depth for the usual pop culture tropes of liberal feminism.
02 Aug 2016
Our self-indulgent protagonist tries to find herself in the rural poverty of the third world but the people, the customs, the food, it all starts to grate on her first world sensibilities.
22 Jul 2016
Meditations on love, life, and art in a book that combines travel writing and memoir with cultural criticism.
29 Jun 2016
A bewitching story about sisterhood, spinsterhood, and identity by a celebrated Mexican writer.
24 Apr 2016
This is a small gem of a novel, translated from Swedish, that looks at class and heterosexual desire, as well as female friendship, from the perspective of a dissatisfied and lonely young woman.
10 Mar 2016
Questioning Authenticity and Narrative Performance in Dodie Bellamy's 'When the Sick Rule the World'
A new collection of writings by one of the progenitors of the American New Narrative movement is stylistically impressive, but lacks engagement with its subject matter.
09 Feb 2016
Charlotte Gordon's dual biography of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley is an engaging read, but it's hampered by pedestrian writing and a too reverent perspective of its protagonists.
15 Sep 2015
Too many reviews of this book universalise Idha’s experience and praise it for providing a window into the Indian woman’s experience. Which women would that be?
16 Apr 2015
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