Sara Rauch


“Pain is the heaviest thing”: The Many Meanings of Tender, by Sofia Samatar Reviewed by Sara Rauch

tender: having a soft or yielding texture; demanding careful and sensitive handling tender: a person who tends or maintains a specific space tender: money, as in “legal tender” Sofia Samatar’s new collection of stories, Tender, is comprised of two sections: “Tender Bodies” and “Tender Landscapes.” In a way, bodies are […]


“Truth in Lies”: On The Return of Munchausen by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, translated and introduced by Joanne Turnbull

I confess I don’t read nearly enough translation, despite long-standing knowledge of how insular Americans’ reading habits are, and a long-standing desire to be, well, unlike a typical American. Part of the problem (which is, of course, entirely mine) is that translations can be hard to come by, rarely finding […]