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Theo Schell-Lambert

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  • 9 years ago

    Although Lost City Radio is Daniel Alarcón's first novel, his previous short stories hold a novel-like attachment to one protagonist: the city of Lima. In the young Peruvian American author's 2005 collection, War by Candlelight, Lima wasn't...

  • 9 years ago

    Like his 2001 novel, The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen's new set of personal essays begins under bad weather. Strangely, neither lets us see the rain. The earlier book opens with "The madness of an autumn prairie cold front coming through. . . . R...

  • 9 years ago

    For Irvine Welsh, writing a book about restaurants means penning the following sort of lines: "Ah pulls up this cook and goes: 'What's that then?' The boy says: 'Aw, it's bean soup.' Ah sais tae him: 'Ah ken it's been soup, ya cunt, but what the f...

  • 9 years ago

    Kids get a rough go of it in Jennifer Egan's recent novels. In Look at Me (2001), her sweeping rip of '90s-style image culture, young Charlotte laments her plain looks and flat chest: " 'Boys don't like me,' she told the man. 'They'll grow up,' he...

  • 9 years ago

    Though we insist on calling Jack Kerouac a novelist, we also insist on not quite believing it. The Lowell bard's Duluoz Legend, the 14-volume series of which On the Road is the showpiece, aids our quick conflation of fictional hero and heroic auth...

  • 9 years ago

    When the late Estonian writer Mati Unt told his friends that he was writing a book on electricity, his announcement was greeted "with sympathetic stares." This is according to Things in the Night, which is, occasionally, that novel. As often, it's...