"The novel did not exist, but Bolaño said that it did, and in three weeks — a record — he wrote it."

— The story behind the masterpiece Distant Star.

Great First Pages in Literary History
From Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal.

Great First Pages in Literary History

From Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal.

How a “Perfect” American Novel Struck Gold Overseas.

The 50 Shades of Grey trailer is here…

Word of the Day

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noun

1. Music. Chiefly British . a sixty-fourth note.

Honest Trailer for Divergent.

The books you should be reading this week.
Great First Pages in Literary History.
From The Antiquarian by Gustavo Faverón Patriau. (PW’s review here)

Great First Pages in Literary History.

From The Antiquarian by Gustavo Faverón Patriau. (PW’s review here)

Great First Pages in Literary History.
From On Being Blue by William H. Gass

Great First Pages in Literary History.

From On Being Blue by William H. Gass

The funniest books we’ve ever read, PW staff picks the best.