Search Results: "Linda Coverdale"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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MY LIFE AS A RUSSIAN NOVEL by Emmanuel Carrère
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Intelligent, well-written and scrupulously honest, but off-puttingly self-involved."
French novelist/screenwriter/journalist Carrère (I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Inside the Mind of Philip K. Dick, 2003, etc.) recalls two fraught years that took him to Siberia and ended a love affair. Read full book review >

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RUNNING by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"An engaging but subdued portrait of a legend."
Understated novel about the rise and fall of Czech runner Emil Zátopek. Read full book review >

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BEYOND SUSPICION by Tanguy Viel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2009

"Reads like William Faulkner trying his hand at a familiar story in the James M. Cain line."
A pair of noir-tinged lovers plot a fake kidnapping, forgetting that "with money things are never fake." Read full book review >

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RAVEL by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"An exquisitely written novel in which not much happens, yet everything is significant."
French author Echenoz (Piano, 2004, etc.) quietly chronicles the final ten years of composer Maurice Ravel's life. 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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 11, 2006

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