Search Results: "Margaret Jull Costa"


BOOK REVIEW

SKYLIGHT by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"More conventional and less political than the later work that established the author's reputation but an early sign of considerable promise and spirited storytelling."
Rarely has a novel with a publication delayed as long as this one's proven such a pleasure. Read full book review >

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THE FALL by Diogo Mainardi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A singularly compelling memoir."
A father finds his life transformed when his son is born with cerebral palsy, as illuminated through this masterfully written memoir. Read full book review >

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YOUR FACE TOMORROW by Javier Marías
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 24, 2005

"Not the easiest reading, but should find its fans among intrepid English-speakers undaunted by works in translation."
Dense, acrobatic stream-of-consciousness exploring the political and personal ramifications of the violation of a confidence, by Spanish novelist Marias (The Man of Feeling, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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VAMPIRE IN LOVE by Enrique Vila-Matas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Odd stories with a bite: cynical, funny, and often puzzling."
Barcelona-based novelist Vila-Matas (Because She Never Asked, 2015) serves up a collection of beguiling short stories. Read full book review >

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PIRATES OF THE LEVANT by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2010

"First-rate entertainment, from one of the masters."
Heaving bosoms and hyperbolic derring-do abound in this sixth volume of the acclaimed Spanish author's series of period swashbucklers (The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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ON THE EDGE by Rafael Chirbes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A moving, densely detailed portrait of people without hope."
One of Spain's leading novelists, who died in August 2015, tackles the malaise that has swept his country in the wake of the Great Recession. Read full book review >

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CAIN by José Saramago
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A pleasing, elegantly written allegory."
Why would a dedicated communist and atheist turn to the Bible as the theme for his final novel? Because the Bible is literature, and literature in a way that the best writers have long recognized—and the late Saramago (Small Memories, 2011, etc.) is one of the best. Read full book review >

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ELEVEN MINUTES by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Down-to-earth dialogue and detail about classy whoring: one of Coelho's strongest."
The Brazilian Coelho, whose inspirational fables have sold about 50 million copies in 150 countries in 57 languages, at times persuades reviewers with his talent but often is seen as gucky and spiritually challenged. Read full book review >

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THE MAN OF FEELING by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2003

"It's a resonant enigma, deftly explored in an elusive text that's a revealing introduction to and gloss on Marías's richer, even more puzzling subsequent fiction."
Marías (Dark Back of Time, 2001, etc.) exhaustively analyzes a "reasonably famous" operatic tenor's inchoate infatuation with a married woman he scarcely knows. Read full book review >

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THE CAVE by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"We'll say it again: Saramago is the finest living novelist, bar none."
Far from resting on his laurels, Portugal's 1998 Nobel laureate, now 80, brings us yet another ruefully comic and disturbing allegorical tale—a worthy companion to its superlative immediate predecessors Blindness (1998) and All the Names (2000). Read full book review >

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BLINDNESS by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Another masterpiece."
The embattled relationships among the people of a city mysteriously struck by an epidemic of blindness form the core of this superb novel by the internationally acclaimed Saramago, the Portugese author of, most recently, The History of the Siege of Lisbon (1997). Read full book review >

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BY THE RIVER PIEDRA I SAT DOWN AND WEPT by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Sex and God whipped into a tasty mayonnaise."
By the Brazilian author of The Alchemist (1993) and the nonfictional The Valkyries: An Encounter with Angels (1995), a more mature work of fiction that may sell big. Read full book review >