Author: Dennis Haritou

James Baldwin, Everybody’s Protest Novel

How do you challenge a novel that mainstream judgement considers an icon? How do you say: “It’s not so hot.” or “The idol is hollow.” Imagine the publishing world and the marketing world were in their own galaxy. If you ask those questions, you leave that galaxy behind. The novel is Uncle Read more...

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An Interview with Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan is the author of the The Narrow Road to the Deep North, recently released in the US by Knopf, and longlisted shortlisted for Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Dennis Haritou: First off, Mr. Flanagan, thanks very much for considering my questions. You referenced a lot of literature Read more...

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

If you’re a fan of Indie bookstores then you already know who Emily St. John Mandel is. We have mutual friends although I've never read her work before or spoken to her. A galley for Station Eleven was provided by a friend. Her three previous novels, Last Night in Montreal, The Singer’s Gun and Read more...

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is the Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize. “Why at the beginning of things is there always light?’ That’s the first line. In which Richard Flanagan references a book. The name of his Australian novel doppelgangs Basho, some of whose haiku are part of the text’s Read more...

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The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones

A monster story with something of a pity the monster touch, The String Diaries is set in several centuries with a deft weaving between eras as Stephen Lloyd Jones picks up and then drops one thread after another. The reader is diverted by the time shifts, it’s like channel hopping. Lloyd Jones tells Read more...

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Euphoria by Lily King

When our society seems to be reeling back from the enlightenment ideals of reason and tolerance, it’s a welcome relief to be offered a “science” novel by a book brother. That is, a work of fiction where scientists and the struggle for scholarship, the striving to create a book worthy of inclusion Read more...

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The Stories of Jane Gardam

The Stories of Jane Gardam is an exceptional cloth release from Europa Editions. Exceptional because Europa rarely issues cloth editions and exceptional on account of what they have issued, the inventive, exploratory stories of Jane Gardam. There are thirty stories in this collection dating from 1977 Read more...

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Funny Once by Antonya Nelson

I requested Funny Once from Bloomsbury. I had the feeling, that all bibliophiles have from time to time, that I would like it. There are ten stories, taking place in Houston and Wichita mostly, and also New Mexico and Colorado. These are non-bicoastal stories about middle class Americans, that increasingly Read more...

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