Lance Olsen’s new novel My Red Heaven follows a host of characters in Berlin over the course of one day in 1927. At times, Olsen’s prose tells of artistic breakthroughs; at others, such as the excerpt featured here, he gradually takes the reader into a more nightmarish space. In the midst of Modernism’s rise, Olsen pays homage to Modernist writing, even as he pushes onwards into haunting historical vistas. My Red Heaven will be released by Dzanc Books on January 21st.
New year, new books. January offers plenty of new titles to choose from, ranging from unsettling dystopias to thought-provoking works of nonfiction to boldly experimental literary works. Some of the books we’re most excited to read this month are from old favorites of ours; others are from writers whose work we’re eager to read for the first time. Here’s a selection of some of the January books we’re looking forward to.
In our afternoon reading: new writing by Jayson Greene, reviews of books by Blake Crouch and Ryan Chapman, and more.
In our afternoon reading: a review of Chris Forsyth’s new album, an interview with Bryan Washington, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Mark Doten and Kevin Killian, thoughts on a trio of Sun Ra reissues, and more.
In our afternoon reading: new writing by Adam Nemett and Lance Olsen, an interview with Jordan A. Rothacker, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Natalie Eilbert’s new book, new writing from Chiwan Choi and Lance Olsen, and much more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Brandon Hobson, new writing by Michel Faber and Lance Olsen, and more.