Search Results: "Carlos Rojas"


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SLOW BOAT TO CHINA AND OTHER STORIES by Ng Kim Chew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Though some of stories are dense, meandering, and plodding, the standouts burst with absurd humor and a surreal vitality in the face of post-colonial alienation, violence, and ethnic conflict."
Intricate postmodern stories plumb the complexities of the Malaysian Chinese experience.
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Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A satirical masterpiece, very funny for all its footnotes. You can bet the authorities in Beijing are scratching their heads about it."
Sprawling, sometimes goofy, always seditious novel of modern life in the remotest corner of China. Read full book review >

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THE FOUR BOOKS by Yan Lianke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Yan cements his reputation as one of China's most important—and certainly most fearless—living writers."
A searing, allegorical view of Chinese society during some of the darkest moments of the Mao era. Read full book review >

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BROTHERS by Yu Hua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"A deeply flawed great novel, akin to the best work of Zola, Louis-Ferdinand Céline and, arguably, Rabelais."
The lives of two stepbrothers, temperamental opposites nevertheless sworn to love and protect each other, are traced, in exuberant and exhausting detail, in this massive novel, originally published in Taiwan in two volumes in 2005 and 2006. Read full book review >

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MYSELF WITH OTHERS by Carlos Fuentes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1998

"For all its gloss and sophisticated reach, then, a minor, disappointing book."
The scope of Fuentes' essays is attractively broad—from two elegant pieces of writerly autobiography to long discursions on Gogol, Diderot, Cervantes, and Bunuel, to an admonitory Harvard commencement address on the evils of US insensitivity to Latin America. Read full book review >

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THE SITE by Carlos Valrand
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 25, 2013

"An uneven sci-fi thriller with a classical feel."
Valrand's surreal debut sci-fi thriller ties the mysterious dreams of a timid British schoolteacher to the guns-blazing action of an international conspiracy. Read full book review >

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TEACHING PLATO IN PALESTINE by Carlos Fraenkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"Fresh, iconoclastic, stimulating debates."
A valiant attempt to provoke philosophical questions about identity and purpose in unlikely hotspots. Read full book review >

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THE HYDRA HEAD by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 1978

"A bumpy ride, then, serious but unsure of itself, neither smoothly entertaining nor genuinely provocative."
In marked contrast to Fuentes' last novel, the broad-keeled and mythic Terra Nostra, this is a spy mystery, a sort of object fable linking the subterranean and inherently puzzling Mexican character to shady, cloak-and-dagger goings-on. Read full book review >

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CAPTIVE by Clara Rojas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 2010

"A disappointingly superficial, unrevealing adventure memoir."
Another perspective on the most famous hostage case in Colombia's troubled recent history. Read full book review >

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WE NEED A HORSE by Sheila Heti
ANIMALS
Released: June 7, 2011

"As John J Muth's sublime Zen Shorts (2005) proved, philosophy is not inimical to this age group—but, by golly, this title is. (Picture book. Adult)"
A fine example of the worst that can happen when adult novelists condescend to write for children. Read full book review >

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HAPPY FAMILIES by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"A lesser work than such fully achieved recent fictions as The Years with Laura Diaz and The Eagle's Throne, but of real interest as a Latin American little brother to John Dos Passos's U.S.A., the book that may have inspired it."
Sixteen cleverly varied short stories, separated by mostly free-verse interludes, form a broad image of modern Mexico in the latest fiction from that country's most prominent writer (The Eagle's Throne, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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LOQUELA by Carlos Labbé
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A challenging but endearing attempt to knock down some of the tent poles of narrative fiction."
A twisty, tricky metafictional romp that uses a murder mystery to explore the death of the author. Read full book review >