Search Results: "Margaret Jull Costa"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1993

"Americans should flock to it like gulls."
Coelho is a Brazilian writer with four books to his credit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH WITH INTERRUPTIONS by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Simultaneously, we may sense we hear the voice of a great artisan who may not have shown us the last of his creations; who instead whispers his promise: Not just yet, there's more to be told."
When Portugal's José Saramago received the 1998 Nobel Prize, it seemed a fitting climactic acknowledgement of a brilliant career of a stubbornly independent genius who—like Tolstoy and Verdi and Picasso in their times, the late Saul Bellow and the ever underrated Hortense Calisher in our own—had demonstrated unimpaired creative power well into old age. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEEING by José Saramago
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 2006

"Very nearly equal to the magnificent Blindness: another invaluable gift from a matchless writer."
Passive political defiance stirs up a whirlwind of intrigue, repression and bureaucratic insanity in the 1998 Nobel laureate's 12th translated novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUT IN THE OPEN by Jesús Carrasco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Harshly and elegantly told; a quest that feels both old and new."
A stark debut novel details a young boy's flight from danger across a desiccated, dangerous land. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEVEN HOUSES IN FRANCE by Bernardo Atxaga
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Like Heart of Darkness, with which similarities abound, this narrative is both tragic and traumatic."
The title alludes to the brutal exploitation of rubber-tappers in the early-20th-century Congo, for Capt. Lalande Biran of the Belgian Force Publique has promised his Parisian wife seven houses with the proceeds of his licit and illicit dealings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VERONIKAK DECIDES TO DIE by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2000

"Imagine peering into the very heart of the mystical rose in Dante's Paradise and finding the neon injunction: 'TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.'"
A touching, if overexplicit, fable about learning to live in the face of death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADULTERY by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"More trite truthiness from Coelho."
A Swiss journalist strives to redress the meaninglessness of her life with even more meaningless sexual encounters in Coelho's latest pseudo-philosophical screed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FAT MAN AND INFINITY by António Lobo Antunes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"An exemplary work of writerly autobiography."
Lively, wholly enjoyable memoir by prolific Portuguese novelist Antunes (What Can I Do When Everything's on Fire?, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CAVALIER IN THE YELLOW DOUBLET by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 3, 2009

"Lightweight, pleasant and unobjectionable."
Pérez-Reverte (The King's Gold, 2008, etc.) returns to familiar territory in 17th-century Spain, dispatching Captain Diego Alatriste for a fifth round of swordplay, gamesmanship and swashbuckling romance. Read full book review >