Jean Giono, Melville

Melville: A Novel by Jean Giono My rating: 4 of 5 stars Twentieth-century French novelist Jean Giono is currently being introduced (or re-introduced by NYRB Classics) to American readers, and what better introduction than Giono's bio-fantasia about Herman Melville, now translated by Paul Eprile? Melville was published in 1941 in France, and written in the … Continue reading Jean Giono, Melville

Andrey Platonov, Happy Moscow

Happy Moscow by Andrei Platonov My rating: 5 of 5 stars Happy Moscow reminds me of Superman comics, the darker ones of my youth in the late '80s and early '90s, where a gritty Metropolis was filled with good-hearted people made unhappy by the unkept promises of their moral energy. With its eponymous heroine and her lovers … Continue reading Andrey Platonov, Happy Moscow