September 24, 2023 | Rome, Italy
Heavy doses of fictional autobiography.

Archie Auster

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

Power corrupts, and then corrupts more.

Gone gods

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

Cora escapes from Georgia, but escape has its limits.

The hell of it all

Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railway" is a searing indictment of the biggest of all American crimes, slavery.

A love fof ap dancing brings them together.

Zadie and swing

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