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Postmodern Fiction

The Song of Songs and a Sexual Mystery in Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

The English translation of Umberto Eco's debut novel The Name of the Rose (Italian 1980) first appeared thirty years ago, and it continues to delight and surprise, even after multiple readings.

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Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Most of the big names who did come out with novels fell flat on their faces, producing ponderous, bloated, eminently editable books (Julie Orringer, Jonathan Franzen, Jane Smiley).

Anis Shivani: Why American Reviewers Disliked Ian McEwan's 'Solar'

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

What American reviewers have missed is that satire and history are coming together for the first time in McEwan's career.

Paul Gauguin, In Search of the Primitive: Jacques Jouet's Savage

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Savage is highly successful, morally anchored experimental fiction. Jouet provokes fundamental rethinking of the permanent questions about the West's relation to its "savage" other.