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Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck - Book Review

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By Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811225946
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Published: New Directions - September 26th, 2017

One of the best books I read in 2017. The story of a retired academic's involvement with African refugees could not be more timely. With time on his hands, the widowed Richard becomes aware of the community of refugees seeking asylum in Germany. As the Africans are hustled from one shelter to another and subjected to legal challenges, Richard finds parallels with his youth in a divided Berlin. He also makes a new group of friends. Jenny Erpenbeck is one of Europe's most gifted writers. She weaves an epic, continent-spanning story with simple, short chapters as elegantly wrought as a Grecian urn. She also wrings the situation for all its humor, anger and tenderness. In a year marked by debate over borders and the people who cross them, this a very human tale that reminds us of what is at stake. Magnificent. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


Melville: A Novel by Jean Giono - Book Review

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By Jean Giono, Paul Eprile (Translated by), Edmund White (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781681371375
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 12th, 2017

A fantastical story of how seaman, novelist, and failure Herman Melville came to write Moby Dick, the greatest American novel about a white whale. A literary heavweight in his own right, Giorno translated the book into French during the 1930s and composed this "novel" as a preface. He pays tribute with a rapturous poem about creative freedom. Paul Eprile's translation carries the reader away like an ocean swell. Beautiful and inspiring. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


Future Noir Revised & Updated Edition: The Making of Blade Runner by Paul M. Sammon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062699466
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 12th, 2017

Blade Runner flopped in theaters in 1982 but went on to become one of the most influential films of the century. Sammon was there from the beginning, reporting from the set for Cinefantastique. Packed with insight from Philip K. Dick, Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford and more, this isn't just the epic history of a scifi masterpiece, but a must-read about Hollywood movie-making. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594634536
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 3rd, 2017

How to tell the story of Russia transformation from crumbling Communist empire to global supervillain? Putin biographer Gessen uses the lives of a handful of Russians born in the 1980s, waking up to freedom only to retreat into an intolerant nationalism. It can feel like reading science fiction, but the horror is very real. Revelatory and astounding, it's this year's most essential book. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime by Ben Blum - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385538435
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Published: Doubleday - September 12th, 2017

On the night he was due to ship out to Iraq, U.S. Army Ranger Alex Blum instead robbed a Tacoma bank. His cousin Ben investigates why in this compelling story. Part memoir, part true crime, Games is ultimately a unique look at the complexities of family and the demands of our fighting forces. It will keep you gripped until the last page. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


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