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”

Julio Cortázar, Roberto Calasso, Deirdre Madden, Sam Riviere

Many of Cortázar’s stories share the same form: two separate narratives (separated by time, by species, by distance) slowly become more similar, until they reveal they’ve always been the same narrative, pushing the reader into vertigo. They’re double narratives that hunt each other and both catch their prey. Calasso also writes about hunters who becomeContinue reading “Julio Cortázar, Roberto Calasso, Deirdre Madden, Sam Riviere”