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Book Review / Brazil

“In her isolated plain beyond all knowledge, Lispector delicately and vulnerably exposes our beautiful, tragic world for exactly that: its beauty and its tragedy.”

Olivia Dennis on Clarice Lispector’s The Hour of the Star

Book Review / Japan

“Ozeki’s portrait of a modern country tightly threaded with the past leaves us not with concrete explanations but a feeling for the country’s delicate ambiguity.”

Katherine Brabon on Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

Book Review / France

“We are made of all the places we’ve loved, or of all the places where we’ve changed.”

Lauren Elkin, Flâneuse

In the Heat and the Haze: Marguerite Duras’s Love Affair

The real life affair of writer Marguerite Duras in 1930s French Indochina (former Vietnam) challenged gender, social and racial stereotypes. Nearly a century later, Rachel Wilson revisits this transgressive yet ever-intoxicating relationship in Duras’s award-winning novel “The Lover.”

‘Famiglia’: a Tale Told Through Food

Food, over family, brings the characters together in Natalia Ginzburg’s 1977 dissection of the Roman middle-class.

Book Review / Spain

“I gazed at the deep blue Mediterranean below the mountain and felt at peace.”

Sofia Papastergiadis, Hot Milk

Zadie Smith Takes Us to an ‘Ungentrifiable’ North West London

In this review of Zadie Smith’s narrative and experimental novel ‘NW,’ Olivia Dennis introduces us to four thirty-somethings born of their location—a diverse and divided district of London.