On The Illogic of Kassel

The Illogic of Kassel“Didn’t I come to Kassel precisely to seek the aesthetic instant?”

My review of The Illogic of Kassel by Enrique Vila-Matas (translated by Anne McLean and Anna Milsom and published by New Directions) has been published at Words Without Borders.

Needless to say, it’s quite the thrill to have written for an organisation that champions literature – in translation, especially – as Words Without Borders does. Big thanks to WWB’s reviews editor, KTK.

On Trieste by Daša Drndić

Cut from cover of Trieste by daša drndić

My review of Trieste by Daša Drndić is up at 3:AM Magazine. In case I don’t make myself clear in the review, Trieste is an exceptional novel. It’s been some time since I read anything with this kind of power, or something that felt so much bigger than me and my neighbourhood; I don’t mind admitting, maybe as a result of that, this is the most difficult review I’ve written.

Also, proud to have another piece of writing published by the 3:AM gang. Gratitude to K. Thomas Kahn for the opportunity – and everything else.