Magazine article World Literature Today

Summer Reads

Magazine article World Literature Today

Summer Reads

Article excerpt


As the view out my office window turns from verdant spring into summer, the interior view of my office continues to be lined with shelves of beckoning new volumes. Here are three choices offering unexplored vistas for summer lawn-chaise travels.

Windows on the World: 50 Writers, 50 Views

Matteo Pericoli

The fifty short essays included in Matteo Pericoli's treasure of a book span the world. Pericoli's crisp pen-and-ink drawings bring the reader into the life of each writer represented, from geographies as diverse as Japan, Turkey, Iceland, Botswana, and dozens more. Many of the writers are well known (Orhan Pamuk, Edwidge Danticat, Ryu Murakami, Nadine Gordimer), but a few will be new discoveries. This book is an inspiration to take a fresh look out of our own windows.


Orly Castel-Bloom

Dalya Bilu, tr.

The collision between traditional and modern civilizations gives rise to a bewildering array of dislocations, situations, and adjustments in the lives of the Gruber family, residents of fictional Tel Aviv suburb Tel Baruch North. …

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