Brana Radević

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The literary world reacts to Mavis Gallant’s death

Mavis Gallant, the internationally celebrated Canadian short story writer, died in Paris on Tuesday morning. She was 91. An unflinching observer of the human condition, Ms. Gallant used her journalist's nose and cinematographer's eye to write tense and often hilarious narratives about characters at …

What Ian Rankin has learned about writing: ‘A good writer never stops learning’

In a country renowned for its crime writers, Ian Rankin is a standout: His dark, nuanced Inspector Rebus novels about police procedurals have earned them the "Tartan Noir" handle and brought Edinburgh to life for thousands of readers. Here, he reflects on the influences that have shaped him as a …

American Innovations: Canadian-born Rivka Galchen hits it out of the park again and again

We Canadians like to lay our mucky little mitts on authors who make good – most recently, New Zealander Eleanor Catton, winner of the Man Booker Prize and, by dint of birth, the Governor-General's Award. Having left the country as an infant, Galchen is even less Canadian than Catton, or that other …

The Deathbed Confessions of William Butler Yeats

When the poet died 75 years ago, three of his most brutal poems were in the current issue of The Atlantic.<p>Seventy-five years ago today—on January 28, 1939—William Butler Yeats died at a boarding house on the French Riviera. He was 73 years old, at the height of his fame and glory. “Mr. Yeats …

Smartening Up | Aoko Matsuda

Translated from the Japanese by Polly Barton<p><i>I am a beautiful woman.</i><p><i>I am a beautiful, intelligent woman.</i><p><i>I am a beautiful, intelligent, sexy woman.</i><p><i>I am</i> …