K. N. Tole

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Memories of the Future (New York Review Books Clas&hellip by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More please, 23 July 2013
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky never managed to get a book published in the Soviet Union in his lifetime (1887 - 1950). It was not until 1989 that his work started to be published, now stretching to five volumes in Russian. So it was with delight that I discovered this translation of probably his best known short story and six other short works in 'Memories of the Future', published by the New York Review of Books and translated by Moscow-based Joanne Turnbull.

What a gem this book has turned out to be. After reading as much of Bulgakov, Kharms and Grossman as I have been able to get hold of, Krzhizhanovsky has to be included with them. Had more of his work been published during his… Read more
Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So What, 23 July 2013
I struggled to the end of this and after finally finishing it thought 'So What'
having finished another wordy, if erudite, Pynchon I am left with the feeling that he is perhaps the biggest show-off (and let-down) of American contemporary fiction.
After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empir&hellip by John Darwin
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I must admit I was sold on the hype and bought the book on the title which must have been a publishers wet dream to hook fools like me. What you get is close on 500 pages purporting to be on the rise and fall of empires since 1400. You have to question John Darwin's sanity (or his desire for money) taking on this publishers brief (by the look of it) because 500 pages to cover 600 years of empires building and crumbling throught the world!! is some mighty task that necessarily has to involve a lot of skimping and fly-bys. Still, he's an Oxford Fellow of Imperial and Global history so he must know what he's doing.

By page 100 we are not only up to 1560 but have included a large… Read more

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