Imprisonment

Who Am I? Who Are You?

Victor Serge knew a lot about imprisonment. He recently translated political novel, Unforgiving Years, chronicles the life of two revolutionaries working for the Communist regime during the the Second World War. Divided into four parts with four separate locations, Serge makes us feel as if we are just beyond the door peeping through the keyhole…

Anybody Have the Time?

The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati is one of Italy’s best existential novels that also makes a strong statement about militarism. Imprisonment is the current theme at Salonica and Buzzati gives us that and much more in a dreary, fatalistic novel set in a barren desert. Giovanni Drogo, excited about his first real assignment with…

Dostoevsky’s liver

I am a sick man…I am a wicked man. An unattractive man. I think my liver hurts. Bar none, that is one of the best openings ever. Well, at least on of my favorites. But we would expect nothing less from Fyodor Dostoevsky and his existential novella, Notes from Underground. As the title suggests, the…

Not Your Typical April in Paris

After I finished reading Michael Wallner’s debut novel, April in Paris, I kept thinking ‘Wow, this would make a great movie’. German soldier meets young French cutie amidst the backdrop of WWII in occupied France. They fall in love with bombs dropping in the background. War-ravaged sets and spot-on period wardrobe will guarantee at least…