Posts tagged “book review”
August 29, 2013
We are thrilled with Ángel Gurría-Quintana’s review of Operation Massacre in the Financial Times.
“Rarely has the ideal of a writer speaking truth to power been more aptly embodied than in Argentine journalist Rodolfo Walsh.”
“His masterpiece of documentary literature, first collected in book form in 1957 but only now published in English, predates by nine years Truman Capote’s non-fiction crime classic, In Cold Blood, and is an emblematic title in the canon of Latin American investigative journalism.”
Read the full review here!
Rodolfo Walsh’s classic of true-life crime reporting, Operation Massacre, is a detailed account of the night of June 9th, 1956, when twelve men in a Buenos Aires suburb were arrested on suspicion of conspiring against the military government, and were taken to a garbage dump on the edge of the city to be executed. Seven of the men survived and Walsh tracked them down and tells their stories and the aftermath of that fateful night.
August 21, 2013
In this new book review segment Seven Stories Press intern Ellen Waddell reviews SoHo Press’s acclaimed novel In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods.
I recently read Matt Bell’s In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods a debut novel that follows the lives of a pair of newlyweds as they struggle to establish themselves within the definition of “a family.” The husband, never addressed by name, is eager to have children and pressures his wife, likewise unnamed, through a chain of miscarriages that drives the couple further and further apart. Finally, out of desperation, the wife steals another woman’s child and pretends that it is her own to placate her husband, but this only marks the beginning of the deep unrest that characterizes their relationship throughout the rest of the novel. Sounds like a pretty normal depiction of unsatisfied married life, right?
June 6, 2013We are so excited about Reinhard Hennig’s great review for Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point! Edited by photographer, writer, and activist Subhankar Banerjee’s Arctic Voices is a compelling collection of essays regarding threats to our Earth’s arctic.“…the diverse texts gathered in Arctic Voices…give a multifaceted insight into a region whose ecosystems have already during the past century undergone substantial change through pollution, resource exploitation and military use.”“The volume’s most outstanding feature is that it shows the Arctic not as a sublime wilderness devoid of human beings, but as a region in which people have been living for a long time, and in which contemporary developments
threaten not only nature, but in a great measure also indigenous cultures.”Check out the full review here: http://www.ecozona.eu/ index.php/journal/article/ view/342/685Arctic Voices will be published in paperback this August, with a new introduction by Dr. James Hansen.
March 22, 2013
Those who enjoyed Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm (Dutton, 2010) may find Magnason’s cautionary ecological tale a perfect compliment. Like Gidwitz, Magnason does not shy away from graphic descriptions of danger and death. That being said, as in all good fables, he begins with once upon a time and readers learn of an innocuous-looking blue planet floating in space. It is inhabited solely by children, who live an idyllic, although somewhat savage life (they hunt for food, even clubbing seals). They are happy and this is most fully realized once a year when the butterflies of the Blue Mountains follow the sun across the sky, a beautiful and breathtaking sight. But as in all good tales and life itself, things are never static. Enter the villain, Mr. Goodday, who lands on the planet and is discovered by the protagonists, Brimir and Hulda.
October 3, 2011"Karlene Faith’s ongoing theme in Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement and Resistance is the vibrancy of female life as it butts against the restrictive social controls meant to contain it, a contrast beautifully captured in the photograph that covers the book’s latest edition from Seven Stories Press."
August 30, 2011"Indispensable for understanding and dealing with our current situation."
August 25, 2011"Buzz Aldrin is filled with an emotional exuberance that’s rare and a joy to experience. Deborah Dawkin’s translation preserves that exuberance along with the brisk pace of Mattias’s narration. Over the course of almost 500 pages, I became thoroughly immersed in Mattias’s world, and even though I finished reading [the book] more than a week ago, I still wonder how he’s doing."
August 18, 2011Reading a Vonnegut book was like sitting down with a friend and forgetting how a normal conversation works because all you need is the short hand of your relationship to understand everything that needs to be said... In one section read from Timequake, Vonnegut compares writing to a date, telling his students in his writing classes to “…be good dates on blind dates…” Well, this book is, in a few ways, a good blind date.
Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? named Choice Translation for Reading Group in Library Journal
August 17, 2011Mattias was raised by careful and conscientious parents who cultivated his fascination with astronauts, space, and moon expeditions. His hero is Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, whose fame was overshadowed by Neil Armstrong's. Now 29, Mattias chooses an ordinary, predictable, and invisible life over the chance to embark on a musical career, desiring to devote his days to gardening and quality time with Helle, his live-in girlfriend of more than 12 years. But when Helle decides to break off their relationship and Mattias loses his job, he becomes "officially broken." Desperately searching for escape, he finds support in a halfway house in the Faroe Islands. Lyrical and profoundly accomplished, Harstad's novel portrays a young man coming into his own. -- Charlene Rue & Miriam Tuliao at Library Journal
August 11, 2011"If you're firmly in the nonviolence-is-the-answer camp, don't get scared off (yet), because there is a ton of crucial information in this book. And just because they mention violence doesn't mean it's the best policy. You may not want to sign up to lead their underground army, but you should hear them out. Because the planet is being destroyed." -- Tara Lohan at AlterNet