Monthly Archives: March 2013

Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s “Satantango”

First-time readers of the post-war modernist writer, Laszlo Krasznahorkai: celebrated Hungarian avant-gardist, need tread warily when they delve into his work. Nothing about Krasznahorkai is easy to get through, from his dizzyingly long sentences, to the pitiful world upon which … Continue reading

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Tim Pat Coogan’s “The Famine Plot:” Could Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy Have Been Prevented?

In 1996, Tony Blair issued the first apology on behalf of the British authorities for the part they played in Ireland’s 1846 through 1851 famine. “That one million people should have died in what was then part of the richest … Continue reading

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David Mitchell’s “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet”

In an era when novel-writing is falling prey to the demands of a quick-consumerist culture; one that demands two or three or four new books a year from its favourite romance or thriller darlings, the reader cannot help but take … Continue reading

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Henry Fielding’s “Tom Jones”

Commonly regarded as one of the very first novelists (the others being Samuel Richardson and Daniel Defoe), Henry Fielding is a must-read for anyone who is curious as to the ways in which prose may be manipulated to fit the … Continue reading

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Slavoj Žižek: “Really, let me tell you something—It’s nice to sleep with a woman”

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We Like Short Stories Here At New Island. What Do You Think?

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William F. Buckley Jr.’s “Spytime”

William F. Buckley Jr. once mentioned in his Paris Review interview, the difficulties with which he is faced when he writes a historical fiction novel. When espionage fiction, already dependent on the variables of suspense and loyalty, has a conclusion … Continue reading

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