John Pistelli

writer

The City’s Ours Until the Fall: Fiction on the Eve of the Age of Trump

The editors of The Point rightly enough begin their polemic on the depoliticized and sanitized state of American fiction today with the anti-Trump “Open Letter to the American People” signed … Continue reading

25 July 2016 · 1 Comment

Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Well, this is a fun book. So fun, in fact, that I wonder why people go on about the … Continue reading

18 July 2016 · Leave a comment

César Aira, How I Became a Nun

How I Became a Nun by César Aira My rating: 3 of 5 stars To recap, following on from my review of the brilliant An Episode in the Life of … Continue reading

15 July 2016 · Leave a comment

Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North

Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like Nightwood, this is another short, intense, intricate, and beguiling modernist novel that I read … Continue reading

13 July 2016 · Leave a comment

Honoré de Balzac, Lost Illusions

Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lost Illusions, like its more hopeful but also more ironic English counterpart Great Expectations, could be the title … Continue reading

11 July 2016 · 1 Comment

Vladimir Nabokov, Despair

Despair by Vladimir Nabokov My rating: 3 of 5 stars Despair, Nabokov’s seventh novel, written in Russian, dates from the mid-1930s (begun in 1932, serialized in 1934, published as a … Continue reading

24 June 2016 · Leave a comment

Muriel Spark, The Driver’s Seat

The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark My rating: 4 of 5 stars Murlel Spark’s 1970 short novel The Driver’s Seat, recommended to me by a friend and former student, reminds … Continue reading

17 June 2016 · Leave a comment

Bloomsday Thoughts: Blasphemies, Monuments, Traditions

The nightingales are singing near The Convent of the Sacred Heart… —T. S. Eliot, “Sweeney among the Nightingales” Joyce was an apostate, renegade, heathen, exile, dissident, blasphemer—and so perhaps the … Continue reading

16 June 2016 · Leave a comment

Yukio Mishima, Patriotism

Patriotism by Yukio Mishima My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of the twentieth century’s most renowned stories or novellas, Mishima’s Patriotism of 1960 narrates the ritual suicide of Lieutenant … Continue reading

9 June 2016 · Leave a comment

Willa Cather, The Professor’s House

The Professor’s House by Willa Cather My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jeff Nunokawa, reading Henry James’s newly collected autobiographies, concludes of the Master’s famously difficult later style (“[e]veryone knows … Continue reading

8 June 2016 · Leave a comment
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