Articles by Jacob Mikanowski

April 15, 2014

Crimean Rites 0

It’s February 4, 1937. The poet Osip Mandelstam is in Voronezh, a provincial city deep in the Russian steppe. He has one year left to live.

January 5, 2011

Tintin and the Death Drive: Tom McCarthy’s C 6

Since McCarthy has devoted an entire, brilliant work of criticism to the argument that we should treat the Tintin books as classics of world literature, it’s tempting to imagine C as recast by Hergé.

November 12, 2010

Snake Meat and Reefer: Horacio Castellanos Moya 4

Moya’s novels read like gonzo thrillers or amphetamine-fuelled nightmares. In between explosions, stabbings, mass snake-bites, and stampedes, an image of San Salvador and Salvadoran society at large starts to come together in flashes, like the picture in a zoetrope.

August 13, 2010

The Aira Effect 7

The effect of all the detail and incident César Aira can offer on such a small canvas is vertiginous, like reading an epic poem etched on a grain of sand.