John Pistelli

writer

Richard E. Kim, The Martyred

The Martyred by Richard E. Kim My rating: 4 of 5 stars Richard E. Kim’s The Martyred was published to great sales and acclaim in 1964. It dominated the bestseller … Continue reading

2 October 2017 · Leave a comment

J. M. Coetzee, The Schooldays of Jesus

The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee My rating: 4 of 5 stars This sequel to Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus (2013) provides further adventures of Davíd, Simón, and Inés … Continue reading

18 March 2017 · 1 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

In Defense of Pevear and Volokhonsky

Janet Malcolm contributes the latest polemic against Richard Pevear and Linda Volokhonsky (hereafter P&V), the famed husband-and-wife translators of the Russian classics, whose preeminence in their field is now being … Continue reading

4 June 2016 · 4 Comments

Fyodor Dostoevsky, A Gentle Creature and Other Stories

A Gentle Creature and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars This little book, translated by Alan Myers, collects three of Dostoevsky’s short works on the … Continue reading

5 January 2016 · Leave a comment

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars A very, very strange novel. In her review of David McDuff’s 2004 translation of The Idiot (I myself read … Continue reading

22 August 2015 · 3 Comments

J. M. Coetzee, The Master of Petersburg

The Master of Petersburg by J.M. Coetzee My rating: 5 of 5 stars Coetzee’s Dostoevsky novel. I wonder, in a sense, why Coetzee attempted it: he well knows Dostoevsky is … Continue reading

23 September 2014 · 1 Comment

Links: Me, Elsewhere

1. While I don’t even really know who Ira Glass is, I thought the response to his anti-Shakespeare tweet was missing a broader perspective, so I wrote an essay for … Continue reading

7 August 2014 · 2 Comments

George Steiner, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky: An Essay in the Old Criticism

Tolstoy or Dostoevsky: An Essay in the Old Criticism by George Steiner My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a superb book. It abounds in literary-historical insight; it goes … Continue reading

31 July 2014 · Leave a comment

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Demons

Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars While this story of nihilist-socialist radicals run amok in provincial Russia is touted as Dostoevsky’s political novel, his pamphlet novel, … Continue reading

30 July 2014 · 1 Comment