This instant bestseller by John Steinbeck has been called the author's masterpiece, and also his most problematic - albeit ambitious - novel.Read More
Toni Morrison was arguably the first black woman to be accepted into the “studiously” white American literary canon, and, after winning a litany of official accolades including the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes for Literature, she could deservedly rest on her laurels.
But instead she’s trying her hand at a somewhat new exercise with her latest book, The Origin of Others.Read More
Having given her first book the same title as Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Possessed, Elif Batuman has kept that streak going with her follow-up, but any comparison between the two would be apples and oranges.
In The Idiot, Batuman tells the story of a unique but hardly extraordinary Turkish-American Harvard freshman, and not the tumultuous life of someone like Dostoevsky’s 1868 protagonist, Prince Lev Nikolaevich Myshkin.Read More
Six years ago, on January 25, thousands of people descended on Tahir Square in Cairo for a protest that would eventually topple the government and escalate the Arab Spring. On the anniversary of that climacteric demonstration, and in the wake of historic, global women's marches, we take a look at two works that offer some of the past year’s best insights into dictatorship and protest.Read More
Don DeLillo is an undisputed master of the English language and his latest novel, Zero K, is yet another example of his gift. Themes he has long explored -- fractured families, death, terrorism, war and technology -- in earlier books like Underworld, White Noise and Libra are all in abundance in this, his seventeenth novel.