Reviews

Love in the New Millennium – Can Xue

Without narrative restraint (like both love and time?).

Passing Away – Tom LeClair

[PASSING AWAY] may most adeptly assimilate the influence of those adventurous writers whose work Tom LeClair the critic has so usefully illuminated.

Breathing: Chaos and Poetry – Franco “Bifo” Berardi

There’s a great deal of chaos, very little breathing or poetry.

Malva – Hagar Peeters

The heroine of MALVA is a fictional creation, and as a typical daughter, she is only too prepared to justify her father’s behavior.

Brother in Ice – Alicia Kopf

The aims of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration are exposed by the writer as quests into nothingness.

Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest In 3 Acts – Aruna D’Souza

WHITEWALLING: ART, RACE, & PROTEST IN 3 ACTS exposes systems that perpetuate racial oppression in the art world and pricks a bubble of white-centered consciousness with a clear message about complicity.

Poso Wells – Gabriela Alemán

POSO WELLS is the sort of dizzying novel that only begins to make sense as it finishes, but then becomes so fascinating that you want to read the hazy first hundred pages all over again.

Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention – David Shields

If actual [David] Shields were really serious about ending the oligarchy, he’d have written a different book.

The Houseguest and Other Stories – Amparo Dávila

Cortázar seems unwilling to recognize that what one person finds excessive another will consider just the right touch.

The Anguish of Thought — Évelyne Grossman

Anguish is, after all, the core watchword of modernism, beloved of avant-garde artists, writers, and thinkers since the salons of the mid-nineteenth century.