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Robert Bolano. By Night in Chile.(Brief Article)(Book Review)

Robert Bolano. By Night in Chile.(Brief Article)(Book Review) Post, Chad W. Trans. Chris Andrews. New Directions, 2003. 130 pp. Paper: $13.95. Considered one of Chile’s best writers, Robert Bolano published nine novels, two story collections, and five books of poetry before his death in July 2003. Aside from a short story that appeared in Grand […]

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Lucius Shepard. Valentine.(Brief Article)

Lucius Shepard. Valentine.(Brief Article) Malin, Irving Lucius Shepard. Valentine. Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002. 181 pp. $18.00. This valentine is a “complicated construction that has at its paper heart new memories, a painful history.” It is sent by the narrator (a journalist) to “you,” a woman whom he meets (by chance or by design) after […]

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The Pope’s Rhinoceros. (book reviews)

The Pope’s Rhinoceros. (book reviews) Maliszewski, Paul Lawrence Norfolk. Harmony Books, 1996. 574 pp. $25.00. It was 1515 and Pope Leo, a Medici, wanted a rhinoceros to go with his elephant. He didn’t want to exert himself in acquiring it and didn’t have to, what with sea powers like Spain and Portugal around to exert […]

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Steven Kotler. The Angle Quickest for Flight.(Brief Article)

Steven Kotler. The Angle Quickest for Flight.(Brief Article) Tinkler, Alan Four Walls Eight Windows, 2001. 443 pp. Paper: $15.95. After a successful run in hardcover, Steven Kotler’s first novel, The Angle Quickest for Flight, has been reissued in paperback. Kotler’s management of language and structure is commendable–no easy task given that the novel has a […]

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The Zebra Storyteller: Collected Stories. (book reviews)

The Zebra Storyteller: Collected Stories. (book reviews) Horvath, Brooke Spencer Holst. Station Hill, 1993. 295 pp. $28.95; paper: $12.95. Spencer Holst has been for three decades a well-known raconteur in NYC literary cafes, and his published work has found approval from writers as different from one another as John Hollander, John Cage, and Raymond Mungo. […]

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Arthur Bradford. Dogwalker.(Brief Article)

Arthur Bradford. Dogwalker.(Brief Article) Miller, D. Quentin Arthur Bradford. Dogwalker. Knopf, 2001. 144 pp. $20.00. The epilogue to this collection of stories describes a dream about a book that is not restricted to reality but that follows the course of its own invented reality. It is worth reconsidering this epilogue after you’ve finished Dogwalker because […]

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At the beach. (short story) (New Danish Fiction)

At the beach. (short story) (New Danish Fiction) Kennedy, Thomas E. The cliff slanted down toward the still steel-gray sound. It was an early spring day, and a cold transparent light seemed to rustle through the beach’s pale-yellow straw and scattered patches of lime grass. The hollows stared emptily up at the sparkling sky, lifeless, […]

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In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd.(Review)

In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd.(Review) Foltz, Anne Ana Menendez. In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd. Grove, 2001. 229 pp. $23.00. This collection of short stories vividly captures the intense emotions experienced by Cubans, Americans, and all those caught in between during the long years since Fidel Castro’s assumption of power in 1959. […]

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81 easy-cook recipes for beginners. (Georges Perec/Felipe Alfau)

81 easy-cook recipes for beginners. (Georges Perec/Felipe Alfau) Perec, Georges Sole aux champignons: Take two fine whole fresh sole, skin and fillet them. Bake in a medium oven for 40′, basting frequently. When half done, add half a pound of button mushrooms. Lay out on a heated serving dish and sprinkle generously with ground fennel. […]

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The rainbow. (Three Old Tales from Spain) (short story) (Georges Perec/Felipe Alfau)

The rainbow. (Three Old Tales from Spain) (short story) (Georges Perec/Felipe Alfau) Alfau, Felipe The Rainbow One day the peaceful village of N – was aroused by a strange visitor. He walked through the main street as one who owns the world: an air which contrasted decidedly with his appearance. He was of good height […]