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  • 11 years ago

    Earlier this summer, the European Court of Human Rights upheld the Turkish government's decision to ban head scarves in schools. It was a victory for the Turkish state, but unlikely to put an end to controversy. One need only pick up Orhan Pamuk's...

  • 12 years ago

    Out-of-work actors may stoop low, but no one has hugged the gutter like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Pakistani American hero of Imad Rahman's hilarious debut story collection, I Dream of Microwaves. Kareem began his career playing a bad guy on America...

  • 12 years ago

    During the Cultural Revolution, Gao Xingjian's oeuvre was a palimpsest, largely destroyed before it could be discovered by the authorities. Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather, the Nobel laureate's first story collection from his years on Chin...

  • 13 years ago

    At 38, Joseph Heller was a doddering ancient by today's standards when Catch-22 appeared, but the truth was, he'd been publishing short fiction for 16 years. In fact, Heller debuted in Story alongside that other late-'40s wunderkind, Norman Mailer...

  • 14 years ago

    Storytelling has always been a way to cope with unfortunate events, from the biblical flood to the childhood one never had. In his wry debut collection, Things That Fall From the Sky, 28-year-old Kevin Brockmeier assembles a cast of lost souls as ...

  • 16 years ago

    Writing fiction about childhood is like trying to pluck flowers from a minefield. In her debut novel, The Tiny One, Eliza Minot deftly navigates this treacherous landscape. Some will undoubtedly argue that she does so by following the footsteps of...

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