Review: “The Age of Steel” by Rudi Matic

Review: “The Age of Steel” by Rudi Matic

A bit of a warning first: this superb collection of 72 poems is not for the casual reader. Many of the poems many are loaded with esoteric allusions, and the poet loves arcane terms and pulls no punches. To fully understand the first poem, “Bloch,” for...

Review of “The Death of Napoleon,” by Simon Leys

This very short novel, originally written in French, imagines Napoleon escaping from St. Helena with the help of conspirators who plan to reinstate him once again as emperor. But the scheme quickly unravels and he ends up as a private citizen on a much shrunken stage,...