Reviews

EXTRATRANSMISSION – Andrea Abi-Karam

A poetry of directness, for Abi-Karam, means naming the violence, the rage, and the pain that is too often formally disguised.

Beyond Education – Eli Meyerhoff

We must be mindful not to understate the submerged radical potential of the democratic educational ideal.

Serotonin – Michel Houellebecq

[Houellebecq’s] aloof intensity remains paradoxical, provocative, and singular, the atrophy-inducing alienation of someone who has intellectually absconded from everything human while somehow remaining attuned to the redemptive nature of something he believes can no longer exist.

The Tiger Flu – Larissa Lai

The Tiger Flu asks us to consider the implications of our technological drive, who belongs, who is part of a community, and what makes us human.

The Madwoman of Serrano – Dina Salústio

In a novel where speech and silence are linked to power, it feels important that this novel, the first English-language translation by a female author from Cape Verde, can now reach a wider audience.

The Maze of Transparencies – Karen An-hwei Lee

How can there be a “formula” for happiness? What is happiness’s “data”?

Labyrinth – Burhan Sönmez

Labyrinth is the mystery novel at its most existential, in which the person who has disappeared is the protagonist himself, in which the mystery is the greatest of them all.

Toy Fabels – Cass McCombs

In this first outing, McCombs struggles toward spiritual frenzy, struggles toward total casualness, struggles toward artificial grace.

Three Brothers: Memories of My Family – Yan Lianke

Yan is concerned with death in this arresting work, not only the death of loved ones, but of a whole moment in Chinese history that, for ever more young people, is incomprehensible and even non-existent.

Me & Other Writing – Marguerite Duras

Even for the French it is nearly impossible to pin down exactly how Duras does what she does.

Toy Fabels – Cass McCombs

In this first outing, McCombs struggles toward spiritual frenzy, struggles toward total casualness, struggles toward artificial grace.

The Rapture Index: A Suburban Bestiary – Molly Reid

Which animal is on the brink of rapture?

Serotonin – Michel Houellebecq

[Houellebecq’s] aloof intensity remains paradoxical, provocative, and singular, the atrophy-inducing alienation of someone who has intellectually absconded from everything human while somehow remaining attuned to the redemptive nature of something he believes can no longer exist.

The Madwoman of Serrano – Dina Salústio

In a novel where speech and silence are linked to power, it feels important that this novel, the first English-language translation by a female author from Cape Verde, can now reach a wider audience.