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Role Reversals
John Updike's his prequel to "Hamlet," "Gertrude and Claudius," is more of an interesting essay on Shakespeare than a captivating novel. [02-28-00]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

My Favorite Things
1999 produced enough meaningful poetry collections and anthologies to please budding readers and seasoned aficionados. [01-10-00]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

International Affairs
Some of the best non-fiction in 1999 has dealt with explaining the atrocities of war in the 20th century. [01-03-00]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Hard Times
It is not souls but the details of the physical world that dominate novelist Martin Booth's "The Industry of Souls," and the romance of that world is just enough to make it an entertaining novel. [11-22-99]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Love Stinks
Czech writer Ivan Klima's short-story collection "Lovers for a Day" paints a discouraging portrait on love in a Cold War country. [11-01-99]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Haughty Libertine
Gore Vidal may want to overthrow heterosexuality, but his just-published anthology of sex pieces proves he's no liberal. [08-09-99]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Tortured Legacy
In "Twilight of the Wagners," a descendant of the great composer wrestles with his ancestor's racism. [06-07-99]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Holocaust Fiction
In "Village of a Million Spirits," Ian MacMillan tries to create aesthetic pleasure out of the ethically atrocious, he comes close to blasphemy. [03-29-99]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Lost Time
Hungarian novelist Peter Nadas's "The End of a Family Story" sees history through a child's eyes. [11-30-98]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Sins of the Father
Burnham Schwartz's psychological thriller "Reservation Road" is a philosophical noir. [09-08-98]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Booster Shots
Too often, contemporary critics are content to describe the state of poetry without burning to change it. [04-20-98]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Never Again
Isaac Bashevis Singer's newly translated "Shadows on the Hudson" is a peculiar blend of plenitude and despair. [03-02-98]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Nothing Personal
In a new biography, Andrew Motion tries to show us the political side of John Keats. [02-23-98]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Supreme Fictions
1997 was a good year for poetry, thanks to new books from some of the nation's best poets and a wealth of news translations and biographies. [12-08-97]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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