The Art of Death

  “How can we write plausibly from the point of view of the dying, when we have not died ourselves, and have no one around to ask what is it like to die? But we do ask. We ask writers.” In The Art of Death – Writing the Final Story Edwidge Danticat writes...

Night Train to Lisbon

  Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier (Grove Press, 2004) I first read this page-turning thriller several years ago. I was attracted to re-read it because of its fine plot, historical setting, and character development. It kept me up several nights and...

The Stone Raft

José Saramago is one of my favorite foreign writers. His vivid writing style, and long sentences which meander sometimes the full length of a paragraph, allow the reader to savor the words and the cadences of the language—poetic prose. In The Stone Raft (English...