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The Collected Stories
John McGahern
George Eliot
Omensetter's Luck
William H. Gass
Swann's Way
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis
A Naked Singularity (Paper)
Sergio De La Pava
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
Geoff Dyer
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Claire Tomalin
Maps and Legends
Michael Chabon
Limassol - Yishai Sarid, Barbara Harshaw The annual longlist of the Dublin Impac awards provides a rich source of titles from around the world that I would otherwise never hear of. That is how I came across this book which has since made it on to the short list. It is the tale of an Israeli secret service man who specializes in interrogation. He is just a guy, doing his job, protecting the good guys from the bad guys. And that's his justification for his willful blindness to the cruelties he helps perpetuate. But his marriage and interior life are crumbling, and we watch it happen in slow motion as he desperately tries to maintain his professional rigor in another assignment. We simultaneously want him to succeed because we can identify with his personal travails, but we also want him to fail because his objectives seem abhorrent. Israel and Cyprus are exotic settings to a Canadian. Good read. 3 1/2 ***.