Monthly Archives: May 2012

Toni Morrison— Home, A Memorial to Civil Rights and The Korean War

Frank Money’s home is in rural Georgia, a small town just South of Atlanta. Home is the new novel by Nobel and Pulitzer winner Toni Morrison that tells Frank’s story. As the novel begins, Frank is speaking to the author … Continue reading

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Carlos Fuentes—Author of The Doll Queen is dead at 83

The major newspapers yesterday (15 May, 2012) marked of the death of distinguished Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes. The tributes to the sometimes polemical author and his accomplishments are glowing: all is forgiven in death. One of the simplest and most appropriate … Continue reading

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Jo Nesbø: Introducing Norwegian Policeman Harry Hole

The migrating Redbreast is a harbinger of spring in Oslo; seeing one in November is unusual. In the opening scene of the Jo Nesbø’s police thriller Redbreast, two bored police officers are watching an overwintering Robin Redbreast swoop down to … Continue reading

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Téa Obreht—Tigers, Myths and Death Rites In The Balkans

In one of those insane acts that define modern war, NATO airplanes in 1999 (Operation Noble Anvil) bombed Belgrade and a random bomb destroyed part of the Belgrade Zoo. Prince, a Siberian tiger became so traumatized that he started eating … Continue reading

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