Ariell Cacciola

Ariell is a writer based in New York City. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, journals, and anthologies. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Florida State University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University's School of the Arts. More information can be found at


March 19, 2015

Blood Brothers
by Ernst Haffner
Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann
Other Press (2015), 165 pages


February 17, 2015

Satin Island
by Tom McCarthy
Knopf (2015) 208 pages


January 27, 2015

This article is part of The Mantle's series Against Censorship.


An Iranian Metamorphosis 
by Mana Neyestani
Translated from the Persian by Ghazal Mosadeq
Uncivilized Books (2014), 208 pp

January 22, 2015

World Literature Editor Ariell Cacciola speaks with German playwright Juliane Stadelmann,1 whose new play “Noch ein Lied vom Tod” is being staged at Schauspielhaus Wien in Austria.

January 20, 2015

The Rabbit Back Literature Society 
by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
Translated from the Finnish by Lola M. Rogers
Thomas Dunne Books (2015), 352 pp


November 17, 2014

The past several months I have been traveling in Central Europe, just enough away from the United States to feel slightly out of the proverbial loop. Back stateside, I am usually found beneath a stack of novels consisting of copies in need of review or for mere pleasure (although, usually the former), all the while trying to fit in my own angst-ridden fiction.

October 1, 2014

One of Germany's most puzzling (and grisly) crimes remains unsolved almost 100 years after it was committed. A family of five plus their live-in maid are hacked to death at a rural farm; the killer is never found. The heinous act is the focus of Andrea Mara Schenkel's most recent book, The Murder Farm. Ariell Cacciola had a chance to discuss the unnerving novel with Schenkel and what unexpected fame has brought the author. 

September 16, 2014

Scalawags. Rapscallions. Scoundrels. Meanies. What is the appeal of villainous characters? Ariell Cacciola looks inside herself to find what it is that attracts her (and let's face it, all of us) to literature's bad guys. 

September 1, 2014

Writer's Notes is a series that invites writers to detail their projects at any stage in their process. The Mantle and its readers are curious to know more about the process of organizing a particular project for any author whether they be a fiction or non-fiction writer, poet, essayist, or anything in between or beyond.