Ian J. Battaglia

Longing and an Uncertain Journey Toward Progress in “Life Events” – Chicago Review of Books

Over the past few months, most of us have felt our plans for the future slip out of reach. Perhaps, like me, you...

The Resonance of Memory in “Tokyo Ueno Station” – Chicago Review of Books

I’m not sure if books have the power to change minds, let alone the world. Nor do I buy into the power of...

Disaster Remembered and Revisited in “Fracture” – Chicago Review of Books

In Fracture, Spanish-Argentine writer Andrés Neuman manages to merge disaster, memory, and distance into a single cohesive map. Tracing the flow of time,...

Clarissa Goenawan’s Imperfect World – Chicago Review of Books

It’s Japan, right around 1990. Three college guys go to meet three college girls at a small diner. One, named Ryusei, becomes smitten...

A Byzantine and Unknowable Place – Chicago Review of Books

Shaun Prescott’s The Town is meta from the start. It concerns a wannabe writer who has taken up residence in a desolate town...

The Difference Between Terror And Horror – Chicago Review of Books

Jac Jemc, author of the story collection False Bingo from MCD x FSG, was a writer from the start. She told her third-grade...