Books by Thomas Christensen

RIVER OF INK by Thomas Christensen
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"An uneven collection enlivened by some bright spots."
Assorted essays about people, places and ideas. Read full book review >
1616 by Thomas Christensen
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Despite organizational issues, Christensen provides interesting anecdotes and a unique reading experience. The book comes together more as a series of historical vignettes than as a comprehensive history."
A well-researched and entertaining but somewhat scattershot look at a single watershed year in history and how its upheaval changed the world. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A rare and valuable insider's take."
Castro's Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Merchant Marine recounts his role as a secret revolutionary among the middle classes in the cities and plains of 1950s Cuba. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

Vladimir Nabokov, wherever he is now, is either chuckling uncontrollably or purple with indignation over this delightfully tricky first novel by a young Cuban writer. The narrator, identified only as "J.," is a resourceful Eastern European smuggler whose commission to hunt down and bag a rare species of Russian butterfly involves him with "V." (for Varia—a richly suggestive moniker), a mystery woman whom he meets in Istanbul, loses in Odessa, and pursues through an enigmatically dippy correspondence in which he imagines himself another Abelard seeking his unattainable Héloise (among other storied predecessors). A charming original: a comic portrayal of obsession with an edge of harsh post-Communist realism. It's as if Thomas Pynchon, Graham Greene, and Milan Kundera had collaborated with Nabokov on a script for Woody Allen. Read full book review >