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Posted on: 07-05-2015 | Category: Articles & Interviews

Recent Books of Particular Interest


May 1st 2015


MY STRUGGLE: Book 4by Karl Ove Knausgaard. Translated by Don Bartlett. (Archipelago, $27.) This is the fleetest, funniest and — in keeping with its adolescent protagonist — most sophomoric of the volumes translated into English thus far.

I REFUSEby Per Petterson. Translated by Don Bartlett. (Graywolf, $25.) The themes of Petterson’s relentlessly autumnal novel are lost parents, chance and the unknowable mystery of others.

ONE OF US: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norwayby Asne Seierstad. Translated by Sarah Death. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28.) An exploration of the dark side of Scandinavia today.

INFAMY: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War IIby Richard Reeves. (Holt, $32.) Reeves offers a vivid reminder of what war and fear can do to civilized peoples.

THE ROAD TO CHARACTERby David Brooks. (Random House, $28.) The Times columnist provocatively extols the virtues of suffering, self-abasement and even a sense of sin.

MAP: Collected and Last Poemsby Wislawa Szymborska. Translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $32.) Poetry both plain-spoken and luminous.

THE DO-OVER: Poemsby Kathleen Ossip. (Sarabande, paper, $14.95.) Sonnets, acrostics and prose poems ponder mortality and loss.

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD: A Memoirby Elizabeth Alexander. (Grand Central, $26.) The poet’s answer to her husband’s death is spiritual and ethical.