Search Results: "Michel Leiris"


BOOK REVIEW

RULES OF THE GAME by Michel Leiris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 1991

"Leiris, here, exports less than well."
Leiris (BrisÇes, 1990), best known to American readers through the remarkable autobiographical meditation Manhood (1963), was one of the great midcentury French phenomenologists of the self, a relentless crusher of experience down to crystals ever more fine. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Michel records his life in only perfunctory detail but still shows how strong the will to survive can be. (Sixteen pages of photographs)"
Personal testimony of a life of extremes, from Auschwitz horrors to American success. Read full book review >

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UPRIGHT BEASTS by Lincoln Michel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A strong debut despite its unevenness."
Michel, an editor at Gigantic and Electric Literature, makes his fiction debut with a collection of stories—all restrained, all strange. Read full book review >

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AMIDST TRAFFIC by Michel Sauret
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A tangled, overpopulated collection that shines only in parts."
An ambitious collection of interwoven short stories about negotiating Christian values in a corrupt, violent world. Read full book review >

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A DEMON'S ULTIMATUM by Michel Bastaros

"A horror tale by a gifted storyteller that, despite minor flaws, delivers a wickedly good ending."
A Texas woman considers accepting a demon's proposal of marriage in order to save her family in Bastaros' (Life Near the Sea, 2011) supernatural thriller. Read full book review >

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VANILLA BRIGHT LIKE EMINEM by Michel Faber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Minor work from the author of The Courage Consort (2004, etc.), though animated by a polished, oddly engaging nastiness."
Eccentrics, misfits, sociopaths and outright criminals populate the cosmopolitan (Dutch-born, now Scottish) author's sleek, disturbing, gruesomely funny short stories. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 15, 1996

"In light of the post-Soviet availability of KGB and GRU files, however, he makes a credible, compelling case for a multinational inquiry into the true circumstances of the puzzling crash."
Brun, a French-Canadian pilot with a bent for aeronautical forensics, is the latest to challenge official explanations of the disappearance of Korean Air Lines flight 007 (with 269 aboard) during a 1983 run from Anchorage to Tokyo. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE LIGHT by Sam Michel
Released: June 13, 1991

"A new voice from the West, in thrall to fictional fashion but beginning to find its way to originality."
Fifteen stories, set in Montana and Nevada: part Hemingway sparseness, part lush poetry that's sometimes overwritten—two kinds of fiction seen recently in the pages of The Quarterly, where several of these first appeared. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"The only thing that blows harder than a high Tibetan wind is Peissel himself. (8 pages color photos, not seen)"
Potentially fascinating rambles in remote Tibet are trashed by Peissel's (The Secret War in Tibet, 1973, etc.) chest-thumping and gratuitous opining. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS by Michel Faber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"What would Jesus do if he wore a space helmet? A profoundly religious exploration of inner turmoil, and one sure to irk the Pat Robertson crowd in its insistence on the primacy of humanity."
A long-awaited—and brilliant and disquieting—novel of faith and redemption by Scotland-based writer Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White, 2002, etc.).Read full book review >

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UNDER THE SKIN by Michel Faber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2000

"The process of procurement is duly horrific, but the procurer's transformation from ruthless to compassionate, even with the conventional budding-romance twist, provides a more compelling dimension—and it's enhanced by the superbly evoked imagery of the Highlands."
An eerie debut novel from Faber, Dutch-born, turns the Scottish Highlands into a landscape from The Twilight Zone as Scotland's brawny best meet their match in the diminutive Isserly, who takes many of them on a short ride from which there's no return. Read full book review >

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THAT'S MINE by Michel Van Zeveren
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A long, drawn-out setup that leads to a punch line so understated many kids won't get it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Exactly what's inside that little egg left unattended in the mighty jungle? Read full book review >