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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DIARY OF THE FALL by Michel Laub
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A spare and meditative story that captures the long aftereffects of tragedy."
A childhood prank gone wrong prompts one man's reckoning with his family's Holocaust history in this recursive, astringent novel, the author's first published in English. Read full book review >

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THE WITCH OF PORTOBELLO by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2007

"A disappointing rehash of pretty conventional spirituality."
Coelho (The Devil and Miss Prym, 2006, etc.) returns to his favored (and incredibly successful) territory of spiritual questing in this tedious account of a young woman's ascendancy as a guru. Read full book review >

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THE ZAHIR by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"One final gem of wisdom: 'It is always important to know when something has reached its end.' The Zahir ends on page 298. You're welcome."
On the road again—to spiritual and sexual fulfillment, as promised by the megabestselling Brazilian author of The Alchemist . Read full book review >

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THE PAINTER OF BIRDS by Lídia Jorge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Saramago himself has praised The Painter of Birds, and it's easy to see why."
A lyrical memory novel—the eighth by a Portuguese writer who recently shared a literary prize with Nobel laureate José Saramago—consists of its unnamed narrator's fragmented remembrance of, and speculations about, her vagrant father. Read full book review >

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HUNTING THE LAST WILD MAN by Angela Vallvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Funny, fresh, and briskly written: a good start by a quick study."
A raucous debut by Spanish author Vallvey, with Gypsies, jewel thieves, morticians, and sibling rivalry (female variant) all mixed into one palette like so many shades of lurid crimson. 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 >