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Collected Poems of Robert Lowell

Joseph and His Brothers, Rock Crystal, Senselessness, The Children’s Hospital, A Man Without Qualities, Library of America Collection of Zora Neale Hurston novels, Everything and More, Diary of a Bad Year and Names on the Land. It was a good (and Conversational Reading recommended) Christmas.

Burton Pike’s new translation of Rilke’s Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Dalkey Archive) — anyone know how it compares to Stephen Mitchell’s translation? Also, The Wounded Animal, by Stephen Mulhall (about philosophy in Coetzee).

bought: “Terrestrial Intelligence” published by Dalkey Archive (a collection of international short stories, including Clarice Lispector, Bolano, A. Cluger, Felisberto Hernandez, and many others); “Book of Salt” by Monique Truong
planning to buy: “2666” by Roberto Bolano, “Gangsters, Sayonara”, and Dragomoschenko’s “Dust” (also by Dalkey Archive, just published) and maybe B.S.Johnson’s “Unfortunates” (currently sold out on Amazon!)

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
2666 by Roberto Bolano
Pets by Bragi Olafsson
The Great Weaver from Kashmir by Halldor Laxness
The Howling Miller by Arto Paasilinna
The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon


The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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