Recent Reviews

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“The effect of Veeraporn’s narrative is akin to a malarial hallucination, but that’s what Bangkok feels like: a soap opera in which someone wakes up and realizes that the preceding episodes were all just a fever dream.  Or is the waking the actual dream?....Veeraporn’s Bangkok is an immersive experience, exotic but not exoticized.” – The New York Times Book Review

“Mesmerizing and unputdownable - a virtuoso translation of what must surely be one of the best Thai novels to make it into English.” - Lawrence Osborne, author of Hunters in the Dark and Only to Sleep

“At its core, this novel from Veeraporn Nitiprapha has a simple dynamic: the tension between two sisters, and the young man whose life interweaves with each of theirs. What makes this novel unique is its attention to the granular, whether it’s the music that several of its characters obsess over or its author’s tendency to fill in the history or future of a specific character at a moment’s notice.” - Words Without Borders, February 2019 Watchlist

“Engrossing and addictive – a unique window onto the Thai soul in turmoil. More than any other Thai publication in English currently out right now, The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth is the most complete and enjoyable novel for losing one’s self in Thai fiction.”  - Asian Review of Books (Hong Kong)

“Nitiprapha has been referred to as the Arundhati Roy of Thailand. [Her] unorthodox style and prowess, which mirrors the classical Thai drama, has made her an international phenomenon one should not miss out on.” - Scroll.in (India)

“Nitiprapha’s feverish and dreamy novel … is a tour de force that looks at the romantic ideals that come to us from stories and songs, and how they can cause us to lose our way, like blind earthworms in a labyrinth. Compelled to write this book after seeing the clashes between pro- and anti-government forces in Thailand in 2010, [she] seems to suggest that, just like romanticising love, romanticising political leaders can lead to madness and delusion. … This slim novel is like a seductive and intoxicating soap opera. Melodramatic and mesmerising, the book dives deep into love and comes up smelling of roses.” - The Straits Times newspaper (Singapore)

“Rich with mythical imagery, [The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth] plunges the reader into a contemporary Thai life strongly influenced by Western culture while steeped in timeless traditions and Buddhist thought, and roiled by decades of political dissent. … The translator has done a masterful job of capturing the author’s sumptuous prose, each sentence unfurling like a brightly dyed bolt of silk. Despite a doomed sense of a tragedy foretold, the story is a celebration of life that engages all the senses, redolent with food and music, fecund with the splendor of nature, opulent with life, as one story uncovers another story and on into infinity. … [A] rare glimpse into the torrid heart of modern Thai life.” - Washington Independent Review of Books


  

“His camera captures that which our eyes could certainly never, considering the speed and relentlessness with which the ocean goes about its daily rhythms, in communion with the so many other equally powerful elements of nature.” – Blackbook

Blackbook recently interviewed Bob Tabor, the author of Splash.


  

“Malkin’s book, while meticulously researched and written in great depth, is very accessible to the average reader. I would challenge you to buy a copy and share it with those friends and family members who might be willing to learn and reason.” – Faithless Feminist

Karen Garst, PhD gives a stellar review of Dangerous Illusions in Faithless Feminist.

 

“Russian billionaire Malkin sets out to explore the irrational demands of religion, scrutinizing such topics as asceticism, celibacy, evil, pleasure, sex, and suffering.” – Publishers Weekly

Listed in Publishers Weekly's Religion and Spirituality Book Preview April 2019.


“His [Libenson] brief ‘forward’ includes the only words in this delightful book’s 304 pages, but his images speak for themselves.” – Upstate House

A brand new review of New York Sights Unscene in Upstate House.


 


“Material sumptuousness greets us right from the cover of the show’s catalog.” – The New York Review of Books

From a wonderful write-up of Moroni in The New York Review of Books.