In 1992, literary badass Aleksandar Hemon left his native Sarajevo for a cultural exchange program in Chicago. He expected to stay abroad for only a few months. And, well, plans changed. The siege on Sarajevo, which lasted 43 months and produced the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II, beg ... More >>
Granta looks for exit strategies
Frenemies? Self-important hipsters? No literary problem.
Today's random book mail to SOTC headquarters brought a wealth of titles, all of which turned out to have been blurbed by the same man, whose store of karma must really be incredible right now. "Subtle and brilliant" went to Valeria's Last Stand, by Marc Fitten; "Antic and ingenious" was affixed t ... More >>
The dark menagerie of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
Rust belt blues: In this brashly ambitious debut, the earnest Midwest reveals its dark side