Search Results: "André Gerolymatos"


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NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2002

"An even-handed survey for anyone bewildered by recent events in a once-remote pocket of Europe."
A useful historical overview of "a centuries-long theater of the macabre." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Those who suspect espionage is a mug's game will find plenty of evidence here, as well as a great deal of amusement."
A chronicle of the failures of Western intelligence operations in the Middle East. Read full book review >

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STATES OF EMERGENCY by André Brink
Released: May 17, 1989

Philip Malan is a South African professor who finds himself in over his head with a young graduate assistant, Melissa. Read full book review >

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AN ACT OF TERROR by André Brink
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Disappointing."
A pretentious megabook with mega themes from South African novelist Brink, already somewhat overtaken by events in South Africa and elsewhere. Read full book review >

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CAPE OF STORMS by André Brink
Released: June 1, 1993

"Brink has wittily created a splendid new myth in which primal emotions expand in a magical landscape—one rich in local allusions and profound foreshadowing and, in keeping with the genre, suitably bawdy."
Novella-length fable from South African writer Brink (An Act of Terror, 1989, etc.) that playfully suggests a mythic origin for his country's entangled cultures. Read full book review >

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PHILIDA by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Extraordinary."
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this tale of slavery, identity and the wages of sin is based in part on Brink's (A Fork in the Road, 2009, etc.) family history. Read full book review >

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HARVARD SQUARE by André Aciman
Released: April 8, 2013

"A rather modest addition to immigrant experience literature."
Two immigrant outsiders hang out in cafes near Harvard. One vents, the other listens, in this third novel from the Egyptian-born Aciman (Eight White Nights, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE HIDDEN KEYS by André Alexis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A wry and reflective literary puzzle about family, love, honor, and adventure."
A smooth criminal is persuaded to investigate a complex riddle left as a strange inheritance to a junkie in Toronto. Read full book review >

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ON THE CONTRARY by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 1994

"Disappointing."
South African novelist Brink (Cape of Storms, 1992, etc.) again revisits the past to tell a picaresque tale that is also a heartfelt but clumsy mea culpa. Read full book review >

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BEFORE I FORGET by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Cloying and pretentious."
A famous, progressive, aging South African writer salutes all the women he has loved in this latest from the famous, progressive, aging South African Brink (The Other Side of Silence, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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OTHER LIVES by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"While at times a bit facile and almost overly clever, an ultimately fascinating commentary on race and identity."
A realistic book with surrealistic twists that allows the author to explore themes of race in contemporary South Africa. Read full book review >

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FREE REIN by André Breton
Released: May 1, 1996

"The paradoxes implied by a once-vernal intelligence, which now come to seem rather Wizard-of-Oz-like, recommend a reconsideration of Breton's work."
A compendium of the French surrealist's major prose writings, from 1936 to 1952, which intriguingly exposes Breton's limitations and datedness along with his besetting enthusiasms. Read full book review >