Wednesday, January 23, 2008

New Bookforum

New Bookforum issue is online.

Some review-essays of interest: an article on Knut Hamsun, whose novel Hunger is a huge personal favourite (as perhaps I have mentioned many times before on the blog).

An extract from Roberto Bolano's forthcoming book Nazi Literature in the Americas.

And a short review of the praise of melancholy book I had mentioned a few days back. The review in New York Sun is more straightforward. Looks like the author is against morons rather than all around happiness...hmmm.

8 comments:

tom said...

been meaning to recommend to you my favorite Stanislaw Lem book - 'A Perfect Vacuum' - a collection of book reviews of non-existent books.

And I so much want to like Roberto Bolano's works - since he's liked by so many of the people whose judgment I respect, such as yourself - but every time I read something of his I find myself bored and disappointed! Oh well. It's not him, it's me :}

KUBLA KHAN said...

This is one i was waiting for, alongwith 2666.
btw, have started reading Duras.

Andrew K said...

In response to the natural question in the essay of Hamsun's siding with the Nazis, it becomes rather more comprehensible, when now we have the most obvious march of a smilar movement of aggressive wars, secret prisons, abandonment of habeus corpus, torture, supremacist philosophies, and the decent people of today barely notice it. Or like figures such as M Amis, add ideological fuel to the fire.
Today's fascists aren't a little but fascist, or diluted versions. If time moves on in the direction they are propelling it, a later time will be asking the same questions of today's admuittedly far lesser figures than Hamsun, as are asked of him.

Alok said...

completely agree andrew. that's a very revealing parallel that you have drawn.

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