December 1, 2023 | Rome, Italy

Nevo’s rules

Eshkol Nevo's "Three Floors Up" uses a Freudian scheme to make sense of the personal complexities of modern Israel.

Archie Auster

In "4 3 2 1," winner of the Man Booker International Prize, American novelist Paul Auster digs into his four-part past.

Gone gods

In "House of Names," Colm Toìbìn reworks Aeschylus to get to the core of a suddenly godless ancient world.

Zadie and swing

Zadie Smith conjures up a fictional memory lane that features two mixed race girls and their often-fractured lives.