Bookforum loves ICBF authors

In the new issue of Bookforum magazine, three 2014 Iowa City Book Festival authors receive rave reviews. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, which is why we’ll share some highlights here.

On James Ellroy’s Perfidia: Perfidia is high Ellroy. The language is on fire, the complexities are grueling. If you can bear the queasy darkness, even revel in the spastic pummeling, you can’t stay away. You’re a fellow traveler on this brutal quest. It is perhaps this deeper allegiance that gives Ellroy’s inferno its glimmer of humanity.”

On Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings: “…A Brief History of Seven Killings announces Marlon James as a writer in the same league as Salman Rushdie, Reinaldo Arenas, and others who’ve risked their skin to get at the truth… if the purpose of reportage is to tell us what happened, and the purpose of fiction is to show us how it felt, then James has succeeded on both counts.”

On Marilynne Robinson’s Lila: “Robinson’s genius is for making indistinguishable the highest ends of faith and fiction, evoking in her characters and her readers the paradox by which an individual, enlarged by the grace of God, or art, acquires selfhood in acquiring a sense of the world beyond the self – the sublime apprehension that other people exist.”

More here.