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The Joys of Cranford

Lately having a hankering for something homely here in Serbia, I was delighted to chance upon a copy of Cranford. It had been many a long year since I had partaken of the works of the venerable Mrs Gaskell – … Continue reading

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Finishing Coetzee

Having returned Age of Iron to the shelf, after absorbing its enigmatic final pages, I am left with a feeling of literary bereavement. There is, at least for the time being, no more J.M. Coetzee to read. No more fiction, … Continue reading

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Friendly Fire, by A.B. Yehoshua

Halban Publishers, 2010 A.B. Yehoshua’s ninth novel, albeit more modest in scale than some of his most celebrated works, is in many ways as captivating and provocative as anything that Israel’s second-most celebrated living writer has produced. Comprising the parallel … Continue reading

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On First Looking into Bellow’s Letters

Saul Bellow: Letters, edited by Benjamin Taylor (Viking: 2010) No, I’m not going to essay a sonnet on the subject (sorry for any disappointment); but I must confess, upon belated receipt of this splendid tome, to feeling a kind of … Continue reading

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Nemesis, by Philip Roth

Another year, another short novel from the unrelenting literary juggernaut that is Philip Roth. For yours truly, the annual ritual of greedily gobbling down the latest Roth novella on the day of its arrival in the post has established itself … Continue reading

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Fathers and Forefathers, by Slobodan Selenić

Published in the last years of the Yugoslav Republic, after Tito’s death and before the horrors of war and the traumas of fragmentation, this powerful novel deftly engages three decades of tumultuous history, through the story of a single family. … Continue reading

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