Roberto Bolaño’s By Night in Chile is a study in unreliable narration. It tells the story of the writer/priest/critic Sebastian Urrutia Lacroix as he reflects, from his death-bed, on certain events in his life, particularly those in connection to the Pinochet regime.
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
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Pond by Claire Louise-Bennett
Pond is a collection of short stories, or perhaps a fragmented novel, centred on an unnamed female narrator living alone in a cottage in Ireland. It is often written in an expansive, mock-heroic style, using elevated language to describe the
Americanah: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a novel of social comedy and observation bound up in serious issues of identity, race, and culture, in a globalised world. Obinze and Ifemelu meet at high school in Nigeria and fall in love. When the
Britain’s First Stuart Kings by Tim Harris
Tim Harris’ book offers a detailed and multifaceted account of the reigns of the Stuart monarchs, James I (also James VI of Scotland), and his ill-fated son, Charles I. For anyone who isn’t familiar with this period of history, James
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Italo Calvino was an Italian writer associated with both neorealism and postmodernism. He published a number of works during the latter half of the twentieth century and won a number of awards including the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement.