Reviews

Disorderly Families – Arlette Farge & Michel Foucault

Farge and Foucault’s presentation of their findings in the Bastille archives provides a much-needed corrective to historians’ hitherto single-scale, unidirectional perspective.

Suite for Barbara Loden – Nathalie Léger

The subdued anguish of the book resonates out from this admission, which seems central to the way violence against women is constituted: we can come to see our own bodies as not worth defending.

Memoirs of a Polar Bear – Yoko Tawada

Tawada opens a space of human-polar bear empathy and solidarity — amusing yet deeply serious.

Violet Energy Ingots – Hoa Nguyen

VIOLET ENERGY INGOTS is a lesson in the poetics of disturbance.

The Mountains of Parnassus – Czeslaw Milosz

As Milosz himself notes in the introduction to the text, the form of the novel evades him; in The Mountains of Parnassus, he seeks a new form of novel.

The Babysitter at Rest – Jen George

George takes us close to the absurdism of Donald Barthelme, but also the blurred distinctions between realism and science fiction that can be found in the work of Doris Lessing.

The Work-Shy – Blunt Research Group

THE WORK-SHY demonstrates what Toni Morrison calls “re-membering” in that it gives shape to the embodied lives of people who have suffered the violence of oppression even in how they are written into/out of history.

Chronicle of the Murdered House – Lucio Cardoso

Chronicle of the Murdered House earns pride of place as a classic of world literature because it is a complete novel: fully realized characters, expressive writing, an exciting, finely plotted story, and enduring reflections on the human condition.

Powers of Darkness – Bram Stoker & Valdimar Ásmundsson

MAKT MYRKRANNA is not precisely a translation of Dracula; or at least, it’s not what could be termed a good translation of Dracula.

Bye Bye Blondie – Virginie Despentes

Like Chris Kraus in I LOVE DICK, in this book Despentes too seems to have set out to solve the problem of heterosexuality.

The Babysitter at Rest – Jen George

George takes us close to the absurdism of Donald Barthelme, but also the blurred distinctions between realism and science fiction that can be found in the work of Doris Lessing.

WoO – Renee Angle

It’s not the truth behind the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that’s important here. What’s important are the bodies, the violence, the people that are at stake in this truth.

Disorderly Families – Arlette Farge & Michel Foucault

Farge and Foucault’s presentation of their findings in the Bastille archives provides a much-needed corrective to historians’ hitherto single-scale, unidirectional perspective.

Suite for Barbara Loden – Nathalie Léger

The subdued anguish of the book resonates out from this admission, which seems central to the way violence against women is constituted: we can come to see our own bodies as not worth defending.