A Weekly Feature in August

In July and August, Leonard Lopate explores underappreciated and forgotten works of great literature as part of a special summer reading series. The series will focus on authors that are little-known in America, authors that mysteriously fell out of fashion, and authors who never gained wide recognition in the first place.

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Underappreciated: Gregor von Rezzori's Memoirs of an Anti-Semite

Monday, August 11, 2008

In Gregor von Rezzori's semi-autobiographical satire, Memoirs of an Anti-Semite, the narrator looks back on a lifetime of fascination with and hatred of Jews. Elie Wiesel has said that Rezzori's voice "echoes with the disturbing and wonderful magic of a true storyteller." Deborah Eisenberg, who wrote the introduction to ...

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Underappreciated: Mercè Rodoreda

Monday, August 04, 2008

We continue our Underappreciated summer reading series with a look at Mercè Rodoreda, who wrote The Time of the Doves in exile after Franco's regime began to suppress her native Catalan language and culture. A powerful story of a young shopkeeper living through the Spanish civil war, it’s considered ...

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Underappreciated: Mehdi Charef

Monday, July 28, 2008

We continue our Underappreciated summer reading series with a look at Mehdi Charef, who helped create a new genre of Franco-African literature with his 1983 novel Tea in the Harem. It traces the conflicted identity and roots of a North African teenager living in Paris. Professor Alec ...

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Underappreciated: Sudanese Author Tayeb Salih

Monday, July 21, 2008

We kick off our annual summer Underappreciated literature series with a look at the work of Sudanese writer Tayeb Salih. In 1967, Salih wrote a cornerstone of contemporary Arabic literature, Season of Migration to the North, a complex novel about a man who returns to the Sudan ...

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Underappreciated: Eileen Chang

Monday, September 03, 2007

Eileen Chang - also known as Zhang Ailing - is one of China's most widely read authors. After an unhappy childhood in Shanghai, she began publishing short stories as a college student in the 1940s. Her genius was recognized almost immediately, and there were soon rumors of her being considered ...

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