Search Results: "Ann Goldstein"


BOOK REVIEW

CITY by Alessandro Baricco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2002

"Reading City is like trying to play a newly marketed game whose rules aren't included in the package."
The fourth novel from the Italian author of Silk (1997) and Ocean Sea (1999) is a manic comedy set in the US, about the process of storytelling, as performed by its two protagonists: a precocious 13-year-old boy improbably called Gould, who recounts a rags-to-riches story of an unlikely boxing champion to two effectively captive listeners, and Gould's paid companion (and eventual surrogate mother), the even more improbably named—and characterized—Shatzy Shell. Read full book review >

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THIS HAS HAPPENED by Piera Sonnino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"An important contribution to Holocaust literature."
A moving account of a family caught up in the Shoah. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 15, 1999

A WEAKNESS FOR ALMOST EVERYTHINGNotes on Life, Gastronomy, and TravelBuzzi, Aldo Read full book review >

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MR. GWYN by Alessandro Baricco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"Although the events he recounts remain cryptic, Baricco's style is lucid, and the appearance-versus-reality mind games he plays with his readers are fascinating."
Two novellas, thematically related by the theme of love...or the lack of love. Read full book review >

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THE WORST INTENTIONS by Alessandro Piperno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"Plenty of coming-of-age novels are more cohesive and coherent than this."
A prize-winning, controversy-stirring novel in the author's native Italy, this debut won't likely have a similar impact Stateside. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD by Elena Ferrante
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The enigmatic Ferrante, whose identity remains the subject of international literary gossip, has created a mythic portrait of a female friendship in the chthonian world of postwar Naples."
Inexorable seismic changes—in society and in the lives of two female friends—mark the final volume of Ferrante's Neapolitan series. Read full book review >

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FRANTUMAGLIA by Elena Ferrante
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Not a good entrance point for readers unfamiliar with the author's work, but devotees will surely pore over the bits and pieces in an effort to arrive one step closer at understanding the phenomenon that is Ferrante fever."
An assemblage of correspondence and interviews provides Ferrante-curious readers with a look into the mind and methods of the reclusive author. Read full book review >

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FROM THE LAND OF THE MOON by Milena Agus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"A lush, haunting portrait of an artist born before her time."
In this debut novel, which made a splash when released in the author's native Italy, a young Italian woman recounts the bittersweet life of her eccentric Sardinian grandmother. Read full book review >

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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF PRIMO LEVI by Primo Levi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 2015

"A laudable, monumental effort to gather the work of a crucial writer of the 20th century in one voluminous package."
A publishing production years in the making rounds up all of the remarkably diverse works of a writer known up to now, in English, at least, principally as a writer of the Holocaust. Read full book review >

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LO'S DIARY by Pia Pera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1999

"Nabokov's novel, with its own excellences and scandal, was also a thing of its real historic moment; while Pera's retake of it gains life, in the main, as an already dated curiosity. (First printing of 40,000)"
The notorious re-telling (originally published in Italian in 1995) of Lolita in the words of the nymphet herself who drove Humbert Humbert beyond all constraint. Read full book review >

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AN ILIAD by Alessandro Baricco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2006

"Both celebration and condemnation of war, this Iliad manages to speak to yet another generation that needs desperately to hear its message."
One of the greatest stories of all time is briskly retold in the award-winning Italian author's fifth novel (Without Blood, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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WITHOUT BLOOD by Alessandro Baricco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Baricco sails uneasily between the cheap and deep, albeit sometimes grippingly."
From Italy's prize-winning Baricco (City, 2002; Ocean Sea, 1999, etc.), a thinny-thin little tale that stretches credibility but takes up big imponderables. Read full book review >