Archive for March, 2011

The Double

Added on March 29, 2011

The Double Jose Saramago Harcourt, U.S.A. 2004 The Double is the story of a man who sees his exact double in a movie that he rents and becomes obsessed with meeting him. It is an existentialist look at the nature of identity, as well as a great read and a fine example of Saramago’s fertile [...]

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Nine Stories — 1st Canadian Paperback

Added on March 21, 2011

Nine Stories J.D. Salinger Signet, Canada, 1960 I just read an article in which the author was lamenting that, more than a year after J.D. Salinger’s death, no new information and no new writing has surfaced. He is as reclusive in death, seemingly, as he was during his life. Although he published his last story [...]

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Death at Intervals

Added on March 15, 2011

Death at Intervals Jose Saramago Harvill Press, London, 2008 Jose Saramago passed away in 2010, having written some thirty books. But this 1998 Nobel Prize winner did not see international fame until he was 60 years old. This is an interesting book for a number of reasons. Firstly, this British trade paperback is the true [...]

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Added on March 10, 2011

Amulet Roberto Bolano New Directions, New York, 2006 Amulet is another of the many Bolano works of fiction that have come out in English since his untimely death in 2003. It expands on the story of a character from his epic novel The Savage Detectives. Auxilio Lacouture, the self-titled Mother of Mexican poetry, tells her story [...]

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