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fiction review
Air
by Jorge Armenteros
Craving escape from a stifling relationship, a perfumery student stumbles into lodging at a “fourth class hotel” run by a man who hasn’t changed his shirt—or left the site—in years. Reviewed by Lacy Arnett Mayberry

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The Trouble with Diversity
In the wake of a day without immigrants, revisit our 2006 review of Walter Benn Michaels’ The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality.

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nonfiction review
Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada,
and Surrealism

by Philippe Soupault
This brief memoir of artistic creativity and incendiary intellectual revolt appeared in France in 1963, but it has only now been translated into English. Reviewed by John Toren

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fiction review
Marketa Lazarová
by Vladislav Vančura
Novelist and filmmaker Vančura’s cinematic story of strong men jostling for supremacy is a revealing portrait of post-WWI 1930s Czechoslovakia. Reviewed by Jeff Bursey

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Immigrant Blues
Many of our most compelling writers are immigrants. Today we rewind to 2004 to revisit the blunt poems of Goran Simic who wrote about war-torn Sarajevo.