Search Results: "Linda Coverdale"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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ABSOLUTE PERFECTION OF CRIME by Tanguy Viel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 27, 2003

"And asking the cover price for 130 pages of such thin gruel might just be the absolute perfection of chutzpah."
They call themselves a crime family, but that's hyperbole: They're nickel-and-dimers, and they know it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAKING LOVE by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Edgy prose that elegantly distills a disturbing take on love."
From the author of Monsieur (1991), etc., a moody, often claustrophobic, and viscerally intense evocation of the end of an affair that's begun in France and ends in Japan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPEAK YOU ALSO by Paul Steinberg
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2000

"A sad phenomenology of human degradation."
A former prisoner of Auschwitz recounts his experience in the camp and his hellish transformation into what he calls an "extermination-camp man"—a human sub-species focused solely on survival and lacking all feelings and the attendant care for others. Read full book review >

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I AM NUJOOD, AGE 10 AND DIVORCED by Nujood Ali
NON-FICTION
Released: March 2, 2010

"Despite the stylistic simplicity, this memoir will move readers."
With the assistance of Middle East journalist Minoui, Ali tells the disturbing story of her marriage and subsequent divorce—all by the age of ten. 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 >