Olga Ravn, P.D. James, Syliva Townsend Warner, Diana Souhami, Leonora Carrington

Five novels about communities: The employees of an interstellar startup. The barristers and employees of a British legal chambers. The nuns of a medieval convent. The lesbian artists and patrons who created modernism. The residents of a nursing home. The darkest of these novels are the most conventional (A Certain Justice) and the most experimentalContinue reading “Olga Ravn, P.D. James, Syliva Townsend Warner, Diana Souhami, Leonora Carrington”

Brian Evenson, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Joy Williams, Jorge Luis Borges

In Evenson’s stories, it always feels like something is missing, like the characters need to recover what they haven’t realized is gone. His settings are empty landscapes, undescribed except to mention objects that advance or impede narrative progress. At the dawn of Spanish imperialism in the Americas, Cabeza de Vaca also wrote about desolate places.Continue reading “Brian Evenson, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Joy Williams, Jorge Luis Borges”