THE BOX: TALES FROM THE DARKROOM by Gunter Grass

Nobel laureate Günter Grass has made a career out of fictionalizing the past in order to be better believed… In his latest work, THE BOX: TALES FROM THE DARKROOM, he combines autobiography with magic realism in an oblique view of his entire life as a writer, though without strong political or moral overtones or, frankly, much interest.

November 9, 2010 · Judi Clark · Comments Closed
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CHALCOT CRESCENT by Fay Weldon

Two things about British novelist Fay Weldon: she will always be controversial and she will always be relevant.

October 15, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE CHANGELING by Kenzaburo Oe

Fractal designs, such as used to be popular twenty years ago, have the property that any part of them replicates the whole in miniature. If you zoom in on even the tiniest detail, you can reach an understanding of the entire shape. This analogy occurs to me after reading THE CHANGELING by Kenzaburo Oe, a late work by the Japanese Nobel Laureate, and so far the only thing by him that I have read. Where most novels have a linear narrative behind them, this one reads as a series of one-sided conversations, thoughts about literature and other arts, buried memories, and some bizarre incidents — all generally minor in themselves, but each seemingly endowed with immense hidden significance, each a clue to some overall design that only gradually emerges as the various details replicate and mirror one another.

August 16, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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SUMMERTIME by J. M. Coetzee

SUMMERTIME is the brilliant new book by J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 2003. This book is part novel, part fictional biography, part memoir, part alternative history, and an obituary for a living writer. Its essence is the imagined life of John Coetzee from 1971 – 1977 as gathered by a biographer who may or may not be Coetzee himself. The basis of the biography consists of interviews with a few people who knew the author, and fragments from the author’s journals.

January 31, 2010 · Judi Clark · 2 Comments
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