Search Results: "Linda Coverdale"


BOOK REVIEW

THE QUEEN'S CAPRICE by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Echenoz gives us a slim series of elegant, tightly written tales, achieving a simple kind of magic."
Seven odd little vignettes that add up to a book of beauty. Read full book review >

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THE ADVERSARY by Emmanuel Carrère
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2001

"True-life crime, bald and sordid, told with the quality of a weightless incantation."
A grim recounting—almost a slice of living theater—of a loathsome crime committed in France nearly ten years ago, from French novelist Carrère (Class Trip, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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CHRONICLE OF THE SEVEN SORROWS by Patrick Chamoiseau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 1999

"Don't be surprised if the accomplished Chamoiseau emerges as one of the new century's leading Nobel prize candidates."
Chronicle Of The Seven Sorrows ($25.00; Nov. 19; 226 pp.; 0-8032-1495-2) The first novel (published in 1986 in France) by the Martiniquean author of Texaco and Solibo Magnificent, among other colorful fiction and autobiography, is a raffish mock epic celebration of his island homeland's energetically mixed (French and Creole) language and culture. Read full book review >

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THE GRAIN OF THE VOICE by Roland Barthes
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1984

"And, even if much of the material here is near-comically ingrown and jargoned, with interviewers struggling to duplicate Barthes' vocabulary, some readers will find useful, relatively unforbidding introductions to Barthes' ideas—many of which have not worn well—while devout Barthesians will pore over every word."
Although the late Roland Barthes says at one point here that he does not like giving interviews, this volume contains 39 of them—and still others, according to an editorial note, may also have taken place. Read full book review >

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LA PETITE by Michèle Halberstadt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2012

"A haunting story with a triumphant conclusion."
Touching glimpse of a young life nearly lost and then redeemed. Read full book review >

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LIGHTNING by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2011

"They glitter, but don't expect more."
The latest, very short novel from the French Echenoz profiles the eccentric genius of electrical engineering, Nikola Tesla. Read full book review >

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LIFE LAID BARE by Jean Hatzfeld
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Hatzfeld is to be commended for helping to preserve crucial eyewitness testimony and for sharing it with what one hopes will be a very large audience."
Arresting firsthand accounts of the 1994 Rwandan genocide from 14 men, women and children who survived the weeks of slaughter. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 11, 2006

"By turns delightful and frustrating."
Uneven follow-up to the Oprah-blessed hit Stolen Lives (2001). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 24, 2009

"A telling report and a substantive addition to the literature of humanitarian aid and ethnic violence."
A searching companion to Libération correspondent Hatzfeld's Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak (2005), recounting events in Rwanda 15 years after the spasm of ethnic violence that left untold dead in its wake. Read full book review >

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MASSACRE RIVER by René Philoctète
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Philoctète's work is not an easy read; although dense with footnotes, for those unfamiliar with the history of the Dominican Republic, the story will remain somewhat opaque."
A haunting, if unsatisfying, novel of the 1937 massacre of Haitians living on the Dominican border. Read full book review >

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UNDERCURRENTS by Marie Darrieussecq
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A beautifully constructed little nightmare: Darrieussecq's best yet."
A woman "kidnaps" her young daughter—or so it initially appears—in this skillfully understated third novel from the young French author of Pig Tales (1997) and My Phantom Husband (1999). Read full book review >

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1914 by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A readable fictional introduction to the Great War for those who know nothing about it but inessential for anyone who's read Ernest Hemingway or John Roderigo Dos Passos."
Four young Frenchmen confront the grim reality of trench warfare in a spare, elliptical novel from Goncourt-winner Echenoz (Lightning, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >