Martin Greenberg has written books on Franz Kafka, S.T. Coleridge, and William Wordsworth, and is a prize-winning translator of Kleist and Goethe. (June 2011)


Love and Murder in Witless Bay

Howard Norman, East Calais, Vermont, 2000

What Is Left the Daughter

by Howard Norman
When you read a novel by Howard Norman, you enter into a very particular world. That of course is one of the oldest pleasures novels afford. You lived for a while with Robinson Crusoe on his island as his only companion. Narratives before Defoe were episodes loosely strung together. Shakespeare’s plays are “worldly” in the sense we mean; Samuel Beckett’s aren’t. The sense of being in a world requires something more than immediacy. With Henry James’s novels you are in the close atmosphere of the personal relations of a couple, a group, a circle. A world needs defining limits.