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David Hasselhoff’s Dachshund

Love in Infant Monkeys, Lydia Millet (Soft Skull Press) $13.95 With Love in Infant Monkeys, Lydia Millet offers a fresh collection of 10 short stories that each focus on relationships between animals and celebrities. While each story has some basic root in truth, Millet takes plenty of  liberties that keep the stories engaging, often blurring the line […]

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Small World Magazines, Quickly

In Other Words: The Journal for Literary Translators, Winter 2009 / No. 34. Eds. Valerie Henituk & Amanda Hopkinson. £15 (2 issues, biannual) This issue of the official magazine of the University of East Anglia’s young but deservedly respected The British Centre for Literary Translation includes Deborah M. Shadd’s notable essay on translation and metaphor, […]

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The Prodigal Son: A Microscript by Robert Walser

Following last year’s publication of Robert Walser’s The Tanners, shortlisted for the 2010 Best Translated Book Award and reviewed by Molossus contributor Tim Bagnadov here, Molossus is proud to present an excerpt from his next book to be published by our esteemed friends in New York, The Microscripts. The Microscripts collects forty stories scrawled in […]

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PoMo Bowling: Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Running Away, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, tr. Matthew B. Smith. (Dalkey Archive) $12.95 In a great scene from Jean-Philipiie Toussaint’s Running Away, the unnamed narrator gets lost in thought as he contemplates the geometry of bowling. The white pins form a tidy triangle, which sits at the end of the lane, a greased wooden rectangle. He hurls […]

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Best European Fiction 2010, Ed. Aleksander Hemon. (Dalkey Archive Press) $15.95 Best European Fiction 2010 is the first anthology in what will probably become a yearly fixture, aimed at the same readership as the popular Best American series. After a strange preface by Zadie Smith—in which she simply notes that much of the fiction in […]

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A Hard-Boiled Pachyderm: Mexico City Noir

The latest addition to Akashic’s great city- and neighborhood-centered Noir series, which began with Brooklyn Noir in 2004, Mexico City Noir contains new stories by Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Eugenio Aguirre, Eduardo Antonia Parra, Bernardo Fernandez Bef, Oscar de la Borbolla, Rolo Diez, Victor Luiz Gonzalez, F.G. Haghenbeck, Juan Hernandez Luna, Myriam Laurini, Eduardo Monteverde, and […]

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Almost Effaced Altogether: Robert Walser

Though admired in his own day by  Franz Kafka and Hermann Hesse, Walser has been largely over-looked among readers outside of Switzerland and Germany; until recently, that is, when academia rediscovered his works  forgotten amongst the topmost shelves of modernism—wedged, perhaps, between dusty volumes of Remarque and Brecht.

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I Am the World; I’ll Eat the World: A Conversation with Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart was born in 1972 in Leningrad, in the Soviet Union. He immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was seven years old, lost his accent at age fourteen, and graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in political science. He later received an MFA in creative writing from Hunter College, and is an associate professor in the creative writing program at Columbia University. 

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From the Archives: A Conversation with N. Scott Momaday (2007)

This interview took place while novelist, playwright, poet, and painter N. Scott Momaday, who won the Pullitzer in 1969 for House Made of Dawn, lived in a modern apartment in downtown Oklahoma City, during 2007. During that time he taught a single course at the University of Oklahoma, where he was able to freely discuss his favorite books. What first strikes you upon entering his apartment is the artwork on his walls: Momaday’s father, Al Momaday, created twelve illustrations to accompany the prose narrative of The Way to Rainy Mountain, and all the original art is hung on the west wall of his apartment; the opposite wall is lined with paintings of bears and dancers by the younger Momaday.

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