William T. Vollmann’s latest opus is brilliant, but it offers no comfort to its readers.
Richard Powers’s climate-themed epic, The Overstory, embraces a dark optimism about the fate of humanity.
Hungary’s László Krasznahorkai writes fiction devoid of revelation, resolution, and even periods.
Hiding in a forest for 27 years, a man found what the rest of us can no longer comprehend: solitude in nature.
She is renowned for championing urban diversity, but her real prescience lay in her fears about the fragility of democracy.
More than 150 years ago, Frederick Law Olmsted changed how Americans think about public space.
In Jesse Ball’s sixth novel—part thriller, part coming-of-age story—a teenager seeks escape through fire.
“Some people might call this crazy. I prefer to think of it as badass.”
Meet the bald Norwegians and other unknowns who actually create the songs that top the charts.
Kazuo Ishiguro, master of buried secrets, on losing the past
Working the literary landscape of international espionage, the novelist Denis Johnson specializes in madness.
His sentences can be awful, his plots are formulaic—yet his novels mesmerize.
How Stuart Dybek, a master of the short story, captures elusive memories and moments
Berlin has buried every trace of the Third Reich—with one big exception.
Lorrie Moore’s stories tell truths stranger than the strangest science fiction.
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