Tweed's Book Blog

Interview: Andrés Neuman

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I wouldn’t say Talking to Ourselves is a story about ill people, but about the particular and invisible illness of the one who is taking care of someone who is ill.

A Distant Father by Antonio Skarmeta

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He creates impressive images with a few phrases, meaning he knows how to use language without overusing language and that’s not surprising, since Skarmeta is the author of Il Postino, which was made into that delightful movie you saw, or should have seen.

Green Girl by Kate Zambreno

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We’re never far from a screen in which we might pluck a scrap of identity, represent a tidy image of the self, be watched.

A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor

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A Brave Man certainly shares ideas with William Gaddis’ masterpiece The Recognitions, as well as Thomas Pynchon’s V.: the relentless and manic appearance of coincidence, the skewering of the latest art scene and inevitable hanger-ons, and ultimately the questioning of what truly constitutes art.

Interview: Neel Mukherjee

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The ability to think about and imagine other people’s lives and minds, to enter into their heads, is the beginning of empathy, of the moral imagination and sense. That is exactly what fiction does, too. I wanted to have that not only as the invisible and silent dynamo powering my book, but also to make The Lives of Others wear the morality of the novel form on its sleeve.

Interview: Jack Livings

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Of course, I probably wouldn’t have needed to write these stories had I been able to go back, and what I realize now is that I was longing for a specific time as much as a place and the people who were there.

Inside Madeleine by Paula Bomer

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It might be best to imagine Bomer’s characters as moths endlessly flying toward the flickering blue neon light of a bug-zapper. Desire inevitably leads to futility.

Interview: Ma Thanegi

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Ma Thanegi writes about the communality of the inmates, their industriousness, humor, and equanimity in the face of injustice. She describes the women she meets and tells their stories—with prostitutes, pickpockets, and political prisoners making up the cast. She also relates how she raised sparrows, grew herbs, and always wore red lipstick while imprisoned. Still, she’s writing in English about things the government in Myanmar has tried to keep hush-hush, and that’s a pretty significant enterprise.

Animals in Motion by David Ryan

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Why this is worth mentioning right off is because of how defiant, challenging, wandering, and against grain the stories in David Ryan’s collection are; they possess equal parts quirk and depth—and these are the same attributes necessary for a printing press in our current market to maintain.

Interview: Paula Bomer

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I began reading Paula Bomer’s Inside Madeleine on a plane ride.  I sat next to a friend and fellow writer who was working on his own story collection.  He’d published a novel and poetry, but never short stories, and he felt disoriented attempting the new form.  He wanted inspiration.  He wanted a sense of control and…

Interview: Stacey D’Erasmo

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In writing previous books I was a little more anxious about the craft police and in this book I just really didn’t care. I wanted it to be in fragments and I wanted it to be lyrical and have a lot of emotion in it and I wanted to roam around between the scenes and have these digressive, meditative moments.

Short Century by David Burr Gerrard

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At times, this tension between the personal and the political becomes uncomfortable, giving Short Century the feeling of a truly fantastic family saga trapped inside a slightly turgid political memoir.

Hope on Earth by Paul E. Ehrlich & Michael Charles Tobias

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Discussing much the same topics as the authors of Gothic fiction, Ehrlich and Tobias are dealing with today’s reality, over a hundred years after Shelley and Stevenson issued their warnings—warnings that were, of course, unheeded.

The Literature Express By Lasha Bugadze

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The Literature Express is at its best when embracing the literary cacophony of its setting. The characters and their furious battle to out-do one another professionally gives the book its bleak humor, and a degree of uneasy edge.

Journey to Karabakh By Aka Morchiladze

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Away from his father, away from Yana, away from the social codes that have governed his life in Tbilisi, Giorgi finds in Karabakh something not unlike inner peace.

Young God by Katherine Faw Morris

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Now, the buzz is drawing comparisons to Denis Johnson and, largely, Flannery O’Connor: stark, effusive, violent, seminal writers. Though after finishing Morris’s debut, I find I’m only struck to agree with this likening in its broadest possible sense, almost to a degree that their connections are contextual, and not what is drawn out of the writing.

Harlequin’s Millions by Bohumil Hrabal

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Entering the most recent English translation of Hrabal’s work, it’s important to realize what it means to have a beautiful sentence exist, even when it doesn’t whet.