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Feb 18, 2013 — Fiction is reality and reality fiction in Revenge, Yoko Ogawa's absorbing cycle of interlinked, eerie tales. Readers may detect the shadows of Murakami, Borges and Poe, but, says critic Alan Cheuse, Ogawa's delicious tales cast their own singular spell.
Sep 10, 2012 — As a teenager, author T.C. Boyle's love of all things subversive led him to Franz Kafka. He found the stories "triumphantly perverse," and he's been hooked ever since. Do you have a favorite book with dark themes? Tell us in the comments.
May 30, 2012 — A Greek poet contemplates the twisted strands of history, while Daniel Orozco's stories consider the dark side of our day jobs and Donald Rumsfeld reflects on the Iraq War. On the lighter side, CBS' Jim Axelrod revisits his marathon training, and a writer and an economist infuse soccer with numbers.
Apr 19, 2012 — A killer is doomed to live out the afterlife as Pooh Bear. A magical goldfish grants wishes, and disgruntled divorced dads abound. Welcome to the absurd and very tender world of Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, the new story collection by Israeli writer Etgar Keret.
Feb 2, 2012 — The Polish poet, a Nobel Prize winner in 1996, died Wednesday in Krakow, Poland. Szymborska was an ironist who deployed whimsy and a light touch, even when exploring weighty themes. Critic David Orr praises her as a writer of "dry-eyed, athletic precision."
Oct 19, 2011 — Israeli writer Amos Oz rarely settles for a happy ending. His latest book, Scenes from Village Life, doesn't have one and, according to Oz, neither does the recent release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Oct 6, 2011 — Tomas Transtromer, Swedish poet of still and solitary landscapes, is this year's winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. A private man in his work and life, Transtromer has nonetheless been one of Europe's most translated poets of the last 50 years.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Odyssey: The Story of Odysseus by Homer. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Essential Tales of Chekhov by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Richard Ford, and Constance Black Garnett. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel by Isaac Babel, Nathalie Babel, Peter Constantine, Cynthia Ozick, Nathalie Babel, and Peter Constantine. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.