What do you see in the dark? Well, that partly depends on your perspective. In Munozâ€™s stylistic mise-en-scĂ¨ne novel, the second-person point of view frames the watchful eye and disguises the wary teller. Reading this story is like peering through Hitchcockâ€™s lensâ€”the camera as observerâ€™s tool and observer as camera–with light and shadow and space concentrated and dispersed frame by frame, sentence by sentence.
March 28, 2011
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Tags: 1950s, Algonquin Books, Bakersfield, Hitchcock Â· Posted in: California, Class - Race - Gender, Mystery/Suspense, Noir, Whiting, y Award Winning Author
Cynthia Ozick, author of THE SHAWL and TRUST, two of my favorite books, has written a gem of a novel in FOREIGN BODIES. A slithering and taut comedy of errors, this book examines issues of betrayal and trust, literal and emotional exile, regret and rage, Judaism in post-World War II Europe and the meaning of art in one’s life. While based on themes similar to Henry James’ THE AMBASSADORS, this novel is distinctly and uniquely Ozick’s.
Swaziland-born Nunnâ€™s second 1950s South Africa novel, LET THE DEAD LIE, opens with a prologue in 1945. Series protagonist Emmanuel Cooper, a major in the South African army at the time, comes across a murdered washerwoman in a Paris doorway and immediately abandons the nightâ€™s pleasures to stay with the body until the police arrive: â€śâ€¦it was an insult to abandon a body in a city where law and order had been restored.â€ť The main narrative opens in May 1953 in Durban and while Cooper remains true to his convictions, his life has gotten more difficult.
Benjamin Blackâ€™s third 1950s Dublin thriller featuring pathologist Garret Quirke (after CHRISTINE FALLS and THE SILVER SWAN) finds Quirke in a rehab hospital, from which he will shortly spring himself, for his daughterâ€™s sake.
It seemed such a harmless, even playful thing: in the Netherlands, two sisters, two years apart and nearly identical in appearance, would trade places one weekend. Armanda, would stay home. looking after a toddler niece and attending a party that evening with her brother-in-law. Lidy, would travel south by auto and ferry to Zierikzee to give a birthday gift to Armanda’s goddaughter. Perhaps no one would even notice the difference?
Author Chang-Rae Lee had always heard that his father lost a sister on the eve of the Korean War. Then many years later, when Lee decided to interview his father about the war for a college project, he learned that a brother too had been lost then. The real-life horrific details for exactly how this brother was lost in a mass exodus of refugees from North Korea to the South form the backbone of the first chapter in Chang-Rae Leeâ€™s haunting new novel, The Surrendered. Itâ€™s breathtakingly well-crafted and details the trek of 11-year-old orphaned June as she travels atop a boxcar full of refugees caring for two of her younger siblings.