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Phoenix (2014)

     Phoenix (directed by Christian Petzold, co-written by Petzold and Harun Farocki, based on the novel by Hubert Montelheit) is a meticulously paced emotional time-bomb. Lead actress Nina Hoss gives a virtuosic performance here as Nelly Lenz, a Holocaust survivor who returns to Berlin to reunite with a husband who seemingly doesn’t recognize her … Continue reading


Euphoria (Lily King, 2014)

Lily King’s Euphoria explores the complex interplay of work and love in the lives of three anthropologists in the years leading up to World War II. The American Nell Stone, her Australian husband, Fen, and their British colleague, Andrew Bankson, meet in the little-explored territory of the New Guinea tribes, a place that is, at … Continue reading


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher (Hilary Mantel, 2014)

Hilary Mantel’s second short story collection, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher (2014), begins and ends with an unwanted intruder. In the opening story, “Sorry to Disturb,” the unexpected guest is a man who, like the narrator herself, is a foreigner living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Although both he and the narrator are married, he forces … Continue reading


Redeployment (Phil Klay, 2014)

Redeployment, Phil Klay’s debut short story collection, is a bracing, exquisitely fine-tuned book about the emotional experience of Marines who serve in the Iraq War. Focusing on the individuals who fight in the war rather than the larger-scale forces driving it, Klay crafts a precise, evocative, and frequently disquieting work about how enduring horrific violence … Continue reading