Reviews

Fictionalizing Anthropology – Stuart McLean

FICTIONALIZING ANTHROPOLOGY uses the decaying conventions of academic rhetoric to create a kind of speculative and essayistic social science nonfiction

Djinn City – Saad Z. Hossain

The novel falters on the promise of its original plotting by resorting to cursorily drawn characters, prose that is often simply convenient or overreaching for poetry, and an unjustifiably cruel world.

Mrs. Caliban – Rachel Ingalls

To reissue a book involves hoping that history repeats itself, but this time with a difference.

My Heart Hemmed In – Marie NDiaye

NDiaye, who is half French and half Senegalese, drains the narrative of the usual markers of identity, leaving behind elemental psychological processes and beguiling allusions.

Goddess of Democracy: an Occupy Lyric – Henry Wei Leung

Through witnessing the movement as an outsider while reflecting on his complex position, Leung creates a rich, dynamic inquiry into our responsibility to one another.

Modern Love – Constance DeJong

He accuses her of robbing him of his ideas, his genius, making a mockery of his life’s work — not that he’s made anything. But Art is male energy in this equation, and there’s only so much subjectivity to go around.

Code of the West – Sahar Mustafah

Here are two representations of the country: One insisting unimaginatively as to what it takes to obliterate the nuances of social difference with blunt force, and the other just trying to get by.

Autopsy of a Father – Pascale Kramer

What Kramer depicts is the resulting virus of hate that infects not only victims and the oppressed, but perpetrators, the oppressors, and their families.

Odd Jobs and District – Tony Duvert

Duvert creates a world in which economic necessity and the demands of labor produce desire and sexuality — in other words, a world quite similar to our own.

Incest – Christine Angot

Performative writing promises no buttoned-up endings, no achievement of perfection. It refutes the notion of a progression, of a moving forward, the reaching of a completed end-point.

Goddess of Democracy: an Occupy Lyric – Henry Wei Leung

Through witnessing the movement as an outsider while reflecting on his complex position, Leung creates a rich, dynamic inquiry into our responsibility to one another.

Code of the West – Sahar Mustafah

Here are two representations of the country: One insisting unimaginatively as to what it takes to obliterate the nuances of social difference with blunt force, and the other just trying to get by.

My Heart Hemmed In – Marie NDiaye

NDiaye, who is half French and half Senegalese, drains the narrative of the usual markers of identity, leaving behind elemental psychological processes and beguiling allusions.

Autopsy of a Father – Pascale Kramer

What Kramer depicts is the resulting virus of hate that infects not only victims and the oppressed, but perpetrators, the oppressors, and their families.