"The first sentence I learned in German, before even thinking of moving to Berlin, was 'The wind is icy.'"
“'Are you spying on us?' The tall boy with curly dark hair is laughing even as he asks the question."
"Stefania Longheu stands up from the lifeguard’s chair and makes her way up the beach towards Calabasciu..."
"The auction item drafted by Professor Fitzgibbons reads: Nizami. Khamsa. Persian manuscript, height 26.5 cm, width 17 cm, illustrated and illuminated."
“Right from the title story/novella, "Thirteen Ways of Looking," with the stanzas of the Wallace Stevens poem as its chapter epigraphs, Colum McCann immerses the reader in a prose that acknowledges all the senses, yet best loves the sound of words."
“Gladys Schmitt (1909–72) wrote eleven novels and numerous short stories over the course of her long teaching career at Carnegie Mellon..."
"Kevin Barry’s literary CV includes The New Yorker, Tin House, Best European Fiction, New Irish Short Stories, the European Union Prize for Literature, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award...."
“Discussion of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle series often breaks down into dichotomies: is it a new hybrid genre or self-centered blathering?"
“Marine Park is eleven avenues long (if you count generously) and seventeen short blocks wide, and Mark Chiusano is its storyteller..."
“Book One of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s much-discussed six-volume series, Min kamp (My Struggle), captures the pulse and tempo of being alive."
Ophelia John is a writer and editor based in southern Germany. Currently, she is revising a novel about a WWII refugee who joins the Italian resistance.
For ten years she worked for MIT and Harvard, first as a researcher in Islamic architecture and then as a research librarian for Islamic art & architecture.
She studied architecture at the University of Texas at Austin (MArch) and writing and editing at the Harvard Extension School and the University of British Columbia (MFA).
She also works as an editor, researcher, and translator at Rowell & John.