Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick Modiano writes as if through a scrim — his work transparent yet cloudy. Yevgeniya Traps reviews a raft of newly translated Modiano and explains how a grim incident in the author’s childhood inadvertently helped to create his wondrous career.
Carrie Brownstein was the co-creator of both “Portlandia” and Sleater-Kinney. The rocker turned alt-icon has now turned memoirist with “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.” Yevgeniya Traps offers her assessment.
Garth Risk Hallberg’s debut novel starts on New Year’s Eve 1976 and ends on the July 13, 1977 New York City blackout. But is it worth the 944-page trek to get from Point A to Point B?
Gego’s exhibit “Autobiography of a Line” reveals eerily beautiful sculptures reminiscent of the Holocaust and the artist’s past.
Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector has been dubbed the most important Jewish writer since Kafka. It’s said she wrote like Virginia Woolf — and looked like Marlene Dietrich.
Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, whose provocative work is on display at the Guggenheim, confronts ideas of violence, oppression and injustice through her art.
Psoy Korolenko — a mad professor type who resembles a jet-lagged Allen Ginsberg after a couple of espressos — is one of the most intriguing and idiosyncratic performers at Kulturfest. Yevgeniya Traps tries to keep pace with the high-energy artist.
Aleksandar Hemon’s new novel asks us how we avoid turning into either zombies or zombie hunters. Sex, violence, chaos and pointed social commentary ensue in this tale of Chicago.
Ever wondered what it meant to live in a post-Internet age? The latest installment of the New Museum’s triennial tackles this question.
‘All happy families are alike,’ Tolstoy famously said. Wrong, according to Yasmin Reza’s new novel ‘Happy Are the Happy’ — because no family is happy.