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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Vol.1 Brooklyn’s June 2015 Books Preview

The month of June brings with it a widely varied host of literature. If you’re in the mood for literary fiction from some of the most adept practitioners of it, you’re going to be pretty well taken care of. Perhaps you’re searching for work from a cult writer that’s only recently re-entered the spotlight? Some of these books fall into this category as well. From surreal, disorienting fiction to explorations of spaces familiar and historic, these books offer plenty for […]

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“One Can Make Work Out of the Abandoned Stuff”: A Conversation with Ivan Vladislavić

It was via Teju Cole’s introduction to the novel Double Negative that I first encountered the work of the South African writer Ivan Vladislavić. That novel looked at the political and cultural evolution of South African through the eyes of one character, a photographer, over the course of several decades. Now, an earlier novel of Vladislavić’s is seeing release in the U.S. for the first time. The Restless Supermarket focuses on Aubrey Tearle, an aging proofreader who finds himself alarmed by the social changes […]

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