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Book Reviews by Title - V (18)

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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Jenny Erpenbeck
  • Translated From German
  • by Susan Bernofsky
  • Date Published September 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8112-1835-1
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 150pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by Caleb Tankersley
The latest translation of the German author and theatre director Jenny Erpenbeck’s work, Visitation, is a philosophical thesis on permanence/impermanence filtered through the lens of a small lake and neighborhood near Berlin. This lake, called Brandenburg, is the setting for the entire work. More specifically, the reader is introduced to a singular plot of land, from its very formation to the present day. Most of the book is constructed as a series of closely intertwined short stories, each presenting the viewpoint of a character inhabiting or interacting with this particular piece of land.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Kristina Marie Darling
  • Date Published October 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-1-60964-160-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 56pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by H. V. Cramond
Kristina Marie Darling’s Vow is simultaneously familiar and strange. The title itself evokes Anne Waldman’s Vow to Poetry, but one look at the small, spare book tells you that this is a different thing. It is, like Waldman’s book, a text about text, but not just in content:
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  • Book Type A Novel
  • by Brenda Webster
  • Date Published January 2009
  • ISBN-13 978-0-916727-50-5
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 228pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by Jason Hinkley
Brenda Webster's new novel, Vienna Triangle, employs the historical context of the early psychoanalysis movement to create a mystery that explores the dark side of intellectual enlightenment. Using Freud and his inner circle as case studies, she investigates the rise of egoism and the tension of professional ambition within the group. Like most historical fiction that focuses on intellectual movements and figures, Vienna Triangle plays largely on the relationship between ideology and character that exists whenever you have someone trying to change our cultural perspective.
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  • Book Type Memoir
  • by Candida Lawrence
  • Date Published June 2009
  • ISBN-13 978-1-932961-66-9
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 316pp
  • Price $23.95
  • Review by Christina Hall
Candida Lawrence’s fourth collection of memoirs feels real and honest. From the opening chapter on her first college level paper to the closing chapter on her eighty-four-year-old sister’s unpredictable romance, Lawrence seems to tell it how it is, although she considers herself “the one in the family who is a veteran embroiderer on reality’s edges.”
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