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Aleksandar Hemon reads “Pnin” by Vladimir NabokovMon, 01 Dec 2014 15:46:05 GMT
On this month’s fiction podcast, Aleksandar Hemon reads and discusses Vladimir Nabokov’s short story “Pnin,” which was published in The New Yorker, in 1953, and became the opening chapter of his 1957 novel of the same name, about the Russian-émigré professor Timofey Pnin. Hemon, who relocated to the United States from the former Yugoslavia at the outset of the Bosnian war, and learned English by reading “Pnin” and other books by Nabokov, says that the author “is lauded for his language in English and Russian . . . but what is often misperceived is the actual care and insight he might have into his characters, particularly if they are displaced Russians.” In his conversation with the magazine’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman, Hemon also discusses Pnin’s “complicated innocence” toward America, the authorial presence of Nabokov in the story, and whether the novel really was, as Nabokov claimed, a “brief, sunny escape” from “Lolita” ’s “intolerable spell.”
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David Gilbert Reads “Leg” by Steven PolanskyTue, 04 Nov 2014 14:38:16 GMT
David Gilbert Reads “Leg” by Steven Polansky
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George Saunders reads "Love" Grace Paley and "The Wretched Seventies" Barry HannahWed, 01 Oct 2014 17:10:21 GMT
George Saunders reads "Love" Grace Paley and "The Wretched Seventies" Barry Hannah
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Nathan Englander Reads John Cheever’s “The Enormous Radio”Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:03:00 GMT
Nathan Englander Reads John Cheever’s “The Enormous Radio”
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Tim Parks reads Peter Stamm.Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:04:00 GMT
Tim Parks reads Peter Stamm.
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Rebecca Curtis reads Leonard Michaels.Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:04:09 GMT
Rebecca Curtis reads Leonard Michaels.
Keywords: Rebecca Curtis, Leonard Michaels
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Miranda July reads Janet Frame.Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:04:19 GMT
Miranda July reads Janet Frame.
Keywords: Miranda July, Janet Frame
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Joyce Carol Oates reads Cynthia Ozick.Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:04:32 GMT
Joyce Carol Oates reads Cynthia Ozick.
Keywords: Joyce Carol Oates, Cynthia Ozick
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Akhil Sharma reads Tobias WolffMon, 29 Sep 2014 22:04:41 GMT
Akhil Sharma reads Tobias Wolff.
Keywords: Akhil Sharma, Tobias Wolff
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Jennifer Egan reads Mary GaitskillTue, 04 Mar 2014 02:29:41 GMT
Jennifer Egan reads Mary Gaitskill.
Keywords: Jennifer Egan, Mary Gaitskill
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T. C. Boyle reads Donald BarthelmeTue, 04 Feb 2014 03:25:46 GMT
T. C. Boyle reads Donald Barthelme.
Keywords: T. C. Boyle, Donald Barthelme
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Paul Theroux Reads Elizabeth TaylorFri, 03 Jan 2014 03:31:49 GMT
Paul Theroux reads "The Letter Writers," by Elizabeth Taylor, which appeared in The New Yorker in 1958.
Keywords: Paul Theroux, Elizabeth Taylor
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Jonathan Safran Foer reads Amos OzTue, 03 Dec 2013 00:56:42 GMT
On this month's fiction podcast, Jonathan Safran Foer reads Amos Oz's "The King of Norway," which first appeared in The New Yorker in 2011.
Keywords: Jonathan Safran Foer, Amos Oz
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Louise Erdrich reads Joyce Carol OatesSat, 02 Nov 2013 03:16:15 GMT
On this month's fiction podcast, Louise Erdrich reads "Mastiff," by Joyce Carol Oates, which appeared in the magazine earlier this year. (Erdrich's latest book, "The Round House," won the National Book Award in 2012.)
Keywords: Louise Erdrich, Joyce Carol Oates
Duration: 00:57:46 Download file
Jonathan Lethem reads V. S. PritchettWed, 02 Oct 2013 19:50:54 GMT
On this month's fiction podcast, Jonathan Lethem reads "The Rescue," by V. S. Pritchett, which was first published in The New Yorker in 1973 and can be found in Pritchett's "Complete Collected Stories." (Lethem's most recent fiction in the magazine, "The Gray Goose," was excerpted from his new novel, "Dissident Gardens.") In his discussion with The New Yorker's fiction editor, Deborah Treisman, Lethem says that Pritchett is a "total sorcerer," a writer who lets readers into a world that seems stable and then "pulls the rug out from under" them, changing where the story is going and what they think of the characters. "The Rescue," which is narrated by a sixteen-year-old girl whose mother brings home an awkward boy named Ellis to help her plan the town's annual pageant, is, according to Lethem, a perfect model for the way Pritchett tends to "overturn expectations."
Keywords: Jonathan Lethem, V. S. Pritchett, The Rescue
Duration: 00:44:48 Download file