Top World Fiction for Fall

Never didactic, this slice-of-life portrait of Cuba at a crucial moment will find readers beyond Latin American enthusiasts; an unsettling and brilliant document of contemporary life—highly recommended; Nevo shows us life’s complexities in a thoroughly satisfying read

Worldwide Reading: Books Beyond the Mainstream That Take Us Far

An enthralling portrait of a time, a place, and one resilient woman; Eir’s deliciously written work is almost as good as going on one’s own spiritual quest; smart and absorbing reading for a wide audience; Laroui is insightful and often blackly funny; Nobel Prize winner Modiano; Tawada’s engaging fable is not just for animal lovers

World Fiction for Winter: Top Fiction from Abroad That Will Appeal to Everyone

Andersson keeps herself in check despite down-to-the-bone bad thinking about love, Barbery’s Life of Elves gives us a magical frame and lush writing, readers will sink into The Happy Marriage, an accessible Modiano, sophisticated suspense

Vive le Livre & More | What We’re Reading

A salute to Paris from the LJ/SLJ/JLG “What We’re Reading” team this week.

A Life of One’s Own | Memoir

The theme of this month’s memoir column is upbringing and what one does with it.

Paris Nocturne by Patrick Modiano | LJ Review

Modiano, Patrick. Paris Nocturne. Yale Univ. Oct. 2015. 208p. tr. from French Mark Polizzotti. ISBN 9780300215885. pap. $16. F A young man crossing Paris’s Place des Pyramides late at night is sideswiped by a car whose driver, a woman in a fur coat, stumbles out injured when the car slams into one of the square’s […]

Indie Fiction in Translation 2014: Don’t-Miss Titles from Around the World

Reaquaint yourself with Albahari, Hilst’s coolly delivered With My Dog-Eyes, Jerusalmy’s great portrait of Villon, a meditative yet remote Modiano, a chilling Nakamura, poet/journalist Rakha’s brilliant novel, upcoming Brazilian author Scott.