John Pistelli


César Aira, How I Became a Nun

How I Became a Nun by César Aira My rating: 3 of 5 stars To recap, following on from my review of the brilliant An Episode in the Life of … Continue reading

15 July 2016 · Leave a comment

Vladimir Nabokov, Despair

Despair by Vladimir Nabokov My rating: 3 of 5 stars Despair, Nabokov’s seventh novel, written in Russian, dates from the mid-1930s (begun in 1932, serialized in 1934, published as a … Continue reading

24 June 2016 · Leave a comment

Marie NDiaye, All My Friends

All My Friends by Marie NDiaye My rating: 5 of 5 stars [With Marie NDiaye’s Ladivine all the rage and some claiming that the French author is about to have … Continue reading

4 May 2016 · Leave a comment

Philip Roth, American Pastoral

American Pastoral by Philip Roth My rating: 5 of 5 stars American Pastoral is a novel whose motto is famously the following, its narrator’s exclamation just before he learns that … Continue reading

2 May 2016 · 4 Comments

Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo, Enigma

Enigma by Peter Milligan My rating: 4 of 5 stars A cult classic, Enigma was originally published as an eight-issue miniseries in 1993 as part of the kick-off of DC’s … Continue reading

20 April 2016 · 1 Comment

Han Kang, The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian by Han Kang My rating: 2 of 5 stars But I fear something more insidious than traditional stupidity turns mediocrities like Knausgård into modern Prousts. I believe these … Continue reading

16 April 2016 · 1 Comment

David Markson, Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point by David Markson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Well, someday I will get around to the author’s masterpiece, Wittgenstein’s Mistress—as well as to those other books that … Continue reading

24 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III, The Sandman: Overture

The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman My rating: 3 of 5 stars [Spoilers.] My thoughts on the original 10-volume Sandman series can be found here. Overture, Gaiman’s prequel, serialized between … Continue reading

27 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four

The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle My rating: 3 of 5 stars A few years ago, while studying the fin de siècle, I figured I should read some … Continue reading

23 February 2016 · 2 Comments

Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent

Seduction of the Innocent by Fredric Wertham My rating: 2 of 5 stars When I was younger—say in the late 1980s, early 1990s—the concept of free artistic expression was primarily … Continue reading

21 February 2016 · 1 Comment