Reviews

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.

The Easy Body – Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta

This is a long love letter to hell, but to call it epic would oppress its very form.

Being Here is Everything – Marie Darrieussecq

How can a biography of any woman not be about her sad fucking life?