Search Results: "Marcel Bénabou"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1996

"A hyperaware and erudite product of Gallic postmodernism, BÇnabou's ludic essay dodges giddily among romantic notions of writing and Parnassian ideals of literature."
``Ceci n'est pas un livre,'' declares the author of this mercurially playful paradox of confessional literature, authorial awakening, and creative endeavor. Read full book review >

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JACOB, MENAHEM, MIMOUN by Marcel Bénabou
NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1998

"He's decided to let his book tell itself; he'll merely hitch himself to the story and go along for the ride in this artistic tour-de-force, by turns playful and serious."
A dry wit and surprising pathos infuse this "family epic," which turns out to be "merely" the telling of BÇnabou's failed attempt at creating his literary masterpiece. Read full book review >

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DUMP THIS BOOK WHILE YOU STILL CAN! by Marcel Bénabou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2001

"Great fun."
An amusing 1992 metafiction from a member of OULIPO, the experimental fiction "workshop" famed for such practitioners as American expatriate Harry Mathews and Bénabou's brilliant countryman Georges Perec. Read full book review >

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A STRANGER IN THE EARTH by Marcel Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

Many funny moments and a beguiling cast of bona fide English eccentrics adorn this charming picaresque coming-of-ager - the fictional debut of veteran novelist Paul Theroux's son. Read full book review >

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SACRED HEART by Marcel Montecino
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

It's been seven years since Montecino's last novel, Big Time, but his subject is the same: the dramatic redemption of a seemingly incorrigible criminal. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"An eye-opening wake-up call for executives who want to take better care of themselves."
A management consultant based in Singapore lays out a comprehensive, multipronged approach to increasing one's leadership performance. Read full book review >

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FAR NORTH by Marcel Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2009

"A good novel that very nearly became a much better one. This accomplished author has a few more steps to take, but looks to be well on the road to full maturity."
Civilization as we know it is nonexistent, but life goes on in Siberia in a bleak fourth novel from Theroux (The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE CONFESSIONS OF MYCROFT HOLMES by Marcel Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Diverting and provocative, nevertheless."
A cunningly concealed family history is laboriously unearthed in Theroux's alternately absorbing and slightly disappointing second novel (after A Stranger in the Earth, 1999). Read full book review >

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KALTENBURG by Marcel Beyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2012

"This scattershot novel could have used some livelier scenes to ensure a richer presentation of its protagonist."
Ornithologists single-mindedly pursue their vocation in post-World War II East Germany; a sui generis third novel from the German author. Read full book review >

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IN BABYLON by Marcel Möring
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Occasionally portentous, intermittently obscure (Möring has a habit of telling when he ought to be showing); still, on balance, a tense, troubling, and illuminating work."
Prizewinning Dutch novelist Möring (The Great Longing, 1995, etc.) is a writer of impressive imaginative power who's also gifted with a fluent narrative style—at least as rendered in Knecht's mellifluous English translation of this replete and challenging 1997 novel. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO HIS NEIGHBOR by Marcel Proust
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A trove of charming correspondence from literature's most famous 'noise phobic.'"
Recently discovered letters from Proust to a Paris neighbor show the author's kindness even when he complained about the noise. Read full book review >

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THE GUERMANTES WAY by Marcel Proust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2004

"But whatever your preference, Proust is a pleasure no serious reader should miss. (Volume 4, Sodom and Gomorrah, will appear in fall 2004)."
The latest in the adventurous and expert new edition of In Search of Lost Time (see Jan. 1 editorial). Read full book review >