Review: The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus

The Unfortunatesby Sophie McManus is a stunningly self-assured debut that rewards its readers with a highly polished gem of a book. This contemporary novel, told over the course of one year, assumes the qualities of a novel of epic scope through its author’s skillful telling. The emotional heart of The Unfortunates is the character Iris,Continue reading “Review: The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus”

Stefan Zweig’s Moral Dilemma

Last night I went to an event at The Center for Fiction for the release of a new biography of Stefan Zweig by George Prochnik. While it was a fascinating discussion in a lot of ways the thing that stuck in my mind was the moral dilemma posed by Zweig’s confrontation with the Nazis. AtContinue reading “Stefan Zweig’s Moral Dilemma”