Caryl Phillips’s eleventh novel, A View of the Empire at Sunset, will be published next year.
 (November 2017)

IN THE REVIEW

The Case of Isabel Archer

Mrs. Osmond

by John Banville
The Portrait of a Lady can rightfully claim to be the novel that began to edge fiction out of a Victorian concern with spectacle and plot and to introduce us to what became, in the early twentieth century, in the hands of Joyce, Woolf, Faulkner, and others, fiction that is concerned with the ebb and flow of individual consciousness as it ranges across the mundane events of daily life. James frequently pauses the action and allows us to eavesdrop on Isabel Archer’s most intimate thoughts, feelings, and fears, in a manner that readers in 1881 would have found both startling and thrilling. John Banville’s seventeenth novel, Mrs. Osmond, seizes the narrative baton from James.

South Africa: Life with Father

Zakes Mda at his house in Athens, Ohio, 2010

Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider

by Zakes Mda
The first novel of South African writer Zakes Mda, Ways of Dying (1995), told the story of Toloki, a down-at-the-heels loner who witnesses the mindless violence that convulses a black community in the final days of apartheid. He becomes a professional mourner and wanders from funeral to funeral, varying the …