I'm wrapping up a post on book covers; in the meantime, here's some news from around the web:
Joan Schenkar's new biography The Talented Miss Highsmith presents Patricia Highsmith as an author "as American as rattlesnake venom": Leonard Cassuto at the Barnes & Noble Review.
A time travel story—from nineteenth-century Brazil: Machado de Assis' "A Visit from Alcibiades" at Words Without Borders
"I have always wished to make literature, which is non reversible art, a reversible one. Therefore my novels have no beginning and no end in the classical meaning of the word." (source) The Serbian novelist Milorad Pavić, a great experimenter with form best known for Dictionary of the Khazars, has come to his end, in the classical meaning, at age 81: see the Literary Saloon