Mieke Chew is the founding editor of Higher Arc magazine and web director at New Directions Publishing. She lives in Brooklyn.
All essays by Mieke Chew
The Notebook Trilogy: The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie
by Ágota Kristóf
Published March, 2016
Cruelty and Resilience: The Notebook Trilogy by Ágota Kristóf
After learning spoken and then written French, Kristóf began writing poems, then plays for the radio and theater, before arriving, at last, at the novel. Kristóf’s trilogy, The Notebook, The Proof, and The Third Lie —published this month for the first time in Australia and New Zealand by Text—is her masterpiece.
Journey by Moonlight
by Antal Szerb (translated by Len Rix)
Published October, 2014
Neo- frivolous: Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb
Journey By Moonlight is often said to be a book about nostalgia. Szerb himself said so. Agnes MacDonald, in her dissertation on the Nyugat writers – the only English text on the subject more detailed than a Wikipedia entry – quotes from a letter Szerb wrote in 1937 ‘Now I am writing a novel about nostalgia. It will be something like Le Grand Meaulnes and Les Enfants terribles. The plot will take place in Italy, of course. Assissi, Gubbio. Have you been there before?’