World Literature

Dan Hanrahan

Ariell Cacciola

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. 

Sarah Ulicny

Writer's Notes is a series that invites writers to detail their projects at any stage in their process. Writer Sarah Ulicny talks about how fundraising contributed to the evolution of her tentatively titled novel, Alice Merkel v. Helen Keller.

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Ariell Cacciola

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. 

James Tate Hill

Writer's Notes is a series that invites writers to detail their projects at any stage in their process. Debut author James Tate Hill explores his West Virginia roots and how place has influenced his past writing as well as his current novel.

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Nina Zumel

Topping 700 pages, A Thousand Forests in One Acorn is a doorstop of an anthology with something for everyone. Showcasing 28 writers from Argentina to Honduras to Spain, the anthology is a veritable smorgasbord of literary talent. Nina Zumel reviews this multidimensional collection, which contains the expected (like magical realism) and several surprises, including Faulkner's ghost.

Ester Bloom

At the beginning of Edan Lepucki’s engrossing debut novel California, we meet Cal and Frida, a self-sufficient and isolated married couple whose names, if smooshed together, approximate the title of the book. Coincidence? Doubtful. Very little in this carefully plotted apocalyptic story seems arbitrary.

Ariell Cacciola

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.

Téa Rokolj

Nearly two decades have passed since factions in Bosnia and Herzegovina put down their arms, and yet the embers of conflict between ethnic groups still burn. "What I do know, what is clear, is that in Bosnia and Herzegovina extremely bad people are in power," observes the writer Alma Lazarevska. In this penetrating, bilingual interview by Téa Rokolj, Lazarevska expounds on literature, inspiration, and life in post-war Sarajevo. [Bosanski/Hrvatski/Srpski jezik]

Phil Hanrahan

Writer's Notes is a series that invites writers to detail their projects at any stage in their process. In the inaugural post, author Phil Hanrahan examines the provenance and initial research for his tentatively titled book, A Couple, A Castle, A Dream, which takes him to Ballyvaughan, Ireland and the Burren College of Art.

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