A Glimpse of the Influence of Philip Roth’s “Writers from the Other Europe”

At Literary Hub, you’ll find a conversation between Nuruddin Farah and Ivan Vladislavić on a variety of topics. (We interviewed Vladislavić last year.) One of the areas of discussion focused on Vladislavić’s political awareness as a writer. In his response, he alluded to his search for the best way to address the politics of apartheid-era South Africa in his own work, and took influence from an unexpected place.

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#tobyreads: Cities Gone Idiosyncratic

Cross-country flights often give me a chance to work through the larger side of my to-read pile. That’s how I came to read John Berger’s Selected Essays and T.J. Binyon’s Pushkin in the last week and change. Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s The Confessions ended up on my radar through WORD’s Classics book group. Initially, this was going to be what this week’s column would be about: Weighty Tomes, door-stoppers; books with a size suitable for comment. Instead, I’m going with novels. Weird, idiosyncratic […]

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