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Elisabeth Zerofsky

5 March 2014

In this way, Tatiana protects the life she has set up for herself. She has no one else’s problems to solve, no salient societal force that she is fighting against. In her back-and-forth with Jonas, the only romantic relationship of substance to appear in the book, she holds the controlling hand, deciding what she wishes to happen and when to put a stop to it. More…

18 April 2012

Each candidate was required to respond; those who were quick to react were immediately chastised, by those who were slower to the bit, for using tragedy for political purposes. This brings the sum total of politicians who will stand to benefit from the incident, whether by responding to it or affecting to defer their response, to every one of them. More…

7 June 2011

When Marie NDiaye won the Prix Goncourt in November 2009, the event incited two discrete histoires scandaleuses in France. The first, decidedly smaller in magnitude, was that NDiaye refused to accept the title of “first black woman to win the prize.” “I don’t represent anything or anyone,” she told Agence France-Presse. “I grew up in a world that was 100 percent French.” More…