Crimson staff writer

Miriam M. Barnum

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'War, So Much War' a Catalan Master Novelist's Grown-Up Fairy Tale

In her novel "War, so much War," the late Catalan writer Mercè Rodoreda successfully weaves an intricate allegorical examination of evil, both beautiful and disturbing, without the simplistic moralizing of many fairy tales.

'The Dream of My Return' a Nuanced Dream

Castellanos Moya demonstrates his facility with the stream of consciousness narrative, masterfully depicting the psyche of an exiled journalist trapped in a Kafkaesque nightmare of anxiety and paranoia.

'The Country of Ice Cream Star' Shines

If there is any weakness in “The Country of Ice Cream Star,” it is that it tries too hard to do too many things. Newman seems driven by a compulsion to ensure no dystopian trope is neglected.

“Clocks” Worth Your Time

It is difficult for a single review to capture everything that is David Mitchell's “The Bone Clocks.” The novel is by turns family drama, political commentary, cultural history, fantasy epic, and post-apocalyptic vision.

All "Bark" and No Bite

"Bark" is unable to accomplish its goals without descending into its own form of absurdity—an expanse of self-conscious irony, uninspired metaphors, and general narrative aimlessness.

"Ripper" Not Quite a Thriller

While “Ripper” is an enjoyable read and a generally successful novel, it is also an experiment with mystery writing—one that suggests Allende's prodigious talents are most effectively used in the genres with which she is most familiar.

The Harvard Grade Generator

By now everyone's heard the news: Harvard hands out good grades like candy. Dining halls are alive with the sounds of students wondering who is getting all of these apparently ever-so-abundant As.

New Policy on Harvard Business Review Articles Sparks Debate

A spokesperson maintains that the Aug. 1 restrictions do not represent a new policy, but rather a means of enforcing existing terms of use.