Books by Alfred MacAdam
NPR stories about Alfred MacAdam
Author Fernando Pessoa may have been a loner who lived most of his life in a single room in Lisbon, Portugal. But he wasn't alone: He created numerous literary alter egos. Rabih Alameddine describes Pessoa's work, The Book of Disquiet, as one of life's great miracles.
2009's top works of foreign fiction, as picked by critic Jessa Crispin, feature a geography as wide ranging as their topics: genetic research, civil unrest, sibling resentment, and fairy-tale depictions of government corruption.
This historical epic by Jorge Volpi spans the years of Communist rule in Eastern Europe and Russia, weaving together the lives of well-known figures and imagined characters around murder and fate.