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  • Earthquakes in literature

    Earthquakes in literature
    Earthquakes are the expression of a living planet, the earth's way of re-inventing itself. But while this knowledge may be consoling in the abstract, it's not very useful in the face of a catastrophe such as the quake and tsunami in Japan. At these times, we need real consolation: food and water, emergency services and rescue ... and, David L. Ulin suggests, literature. Ulin is the author of "The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith."
  • 9 earthquake books revisited

    A list of nine books that channel both the terror and awe of witnessing an earthquake.

    'The Infinities' by John Banville

    'The Infinities' by John Banville
    Though John Banville likes to say that he writes in "a literary patois" he calls "Hiberno-English," the Irish novelist and critic is, without question, one of the great living masters of English-language prose. "The Infinities" -- his 15th novel and...

    John Banville: a master at work

    It's been almost five years since John Banville won the Booker Prize for his novel "The Sea," and in that time he's published two crime novels under the pseudonym Benjamin Black. Now he's back, as Banville, with "The Infinities," a...

    Chilean earthquakes through a writer's eyes -- not Bolaño but Kleist

    This week, in a post about the 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile over the weekend, GalleyCat quoted the late Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño on the unbearable lightness of seismicity. "Sometimes," Bolaño observed, "the earth shakes. ... The epicenter...