Winter 2023-2024 Online Edition

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INTERVIEWS

We Make Things in Translation: An Interview with Angela Rodel

Translator Angela Rodel, who won, with author Georgi Gosponidov, the 2023 International Booker Prize for Time Shelter, discusses Bulgarian folk music, translating book titles and jokes, the influence of censorship, and her new translation of Vera Mutafchieva’s novel The Case of Cem.

Interviewed by Karen Noll

FEATURES

A Look Back: How to See

In his 2016 essay collection, David Salle shows that writing about visual art needn’t fall prey to dissertation-ese. By Josh Steinbauer

FICTION REVIEWS

Mother Howl

Mother Howl, Craig Clavenger’s first novel in eighteen years, is an ambitious crime story unafraid to be philosophical.

Reviewed by Gavin Pate

Loot

The third novel by Indian American writer Tania James, Loot, offers a corrective of sorts to Tipu Sultan’s reputation as a garden-variety despot.

Reviewed by Mukund Belliappa

The House on Via Gemito

Domenico Starnone’s previous novels are studies of repressed father-figures that move at thriller-like speed; his newest novel covers similar material, though its structure is more triptych than thriller.

Reviewed by William Braun

POETRY REVIEWS

An Eye in Each Square

The artist Agnes Martin slips in and out of Lauren Camp’s new poems like a wraith, an invisible companion.

Reviewed by Richard Oyama

Fire-Rimmed Eden

Lynn Lonidier's poetry is invariably unique, and all the more valuable for it, as it realizes an idiosyncratic sensibility.

Reviewed by Patrick James Dunagan

The Unreal City

For poet Mike Lala, the city is ground zero for both the violence of history’s erasure and the deluge of its return.

Reviewed by Peter Myers

NONFICTION REVIEWS

SMRTi

With a style exemplary of the international post-beat avant-garde, Nina Zivancevic’s travel writing is a welcome departure from the colonialist norm.

Reviewed by Jim Cohn

Growth

In her new memoir Growth: A Mother, Her Son, and the Brain Tumor They Survived, Karen DeBonis draws upon the various meanings of the word with exquisite vulnerability.

Reviewed by Blair Glaser

MIXED GENRE REVIEWS

The Thinking Root

In this thoughtful hybrid work, Dan Beachy-Quick’s sensitive translations use fresh language to cast new light on the words of ancient Greek thinkers.

Reviewed by John Bradley