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  • 10 years ago

    Samuel Beckett, whose centenary is celebrated April 13, pictured his project before he understood it: that exhausted journey toward an impossible goal replicated in miniature by so many of his characters. It happens in Murphy (1938), his first pub...

  • 10 years ago

    Raul Ruiz is a unique hybrid in the history of cinema: a whale whose top occasionally crests the surface of the movie ocean; a fox in the financial jungle, surviving by wit and reflex; a spider in the crevices; a demon of energy whose every act ov...

  • 11 years ago

    Songwriter Chico Buarque spoke to the Voice after an appearance at the recent PEN festival. In his beautiful 2004 novel Budapest (Grove), a Brazilian ghostwriter recreates himself in the titular city, through the alien buzz of the Hungarian langua...

  • 11 years ago

    Perhaps no author's body of work requires as much circumspection in critical approach as Kafka's. Its delicacy is indicated by a tendency to topple obligingly into patterns at the first coarse touch of applied theory. In slipping through the traps...

  • 11 years ago

    "One single mystery for persons and objects," Robert Bresson wrote, and it's no disservice to his models (to use his preferred term) to note that they are every bit as distinct as his things. Casting individuals virgin of acting experience by the ...

  • 12 years ago

    Something weird is happening in Middle America: You can see it in Conrad Birdie's revelation in the courthouse park, howling a hymn to the American Virtue ("Sincere! All-American Sincere!") before a stiffly assertive obelisk bollocked by screaming...


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