As the World goes up in Smoke

John Banville compares two otherwise un- related authors, the Chilean Roberto Bolaño and the Albanian Ismail Kadare in a review of Bolaño’s recently published Last Evenings on Earth and Ismail Kadare’s The Successor:

The work of Kadare and Bolaño merge in that gesture, that indifferent fumbling for another cigarette, as the world itself goes up in smoke.

There is a whole lot of other reviews in the Spring edition of The Nation.

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