Previous Issue  |  All Back Issues  |  Next Issue

The Paris Review No. 191, Winter 2009

Purchase this Issue $30.00

Ha Jin on the Art of Fiction.

An interview with Mary Karr: “In memoir, the only through-line is character represented by voice. So you better make a reader damn curious about who’s talking.”

Poetry from James Schuyler and Robert Hass.

A dispatch from the high plains of eastern Congo by Lieve Joris.

New stories by Aimee Bender, Patricio Pron, and Carsten René Nielsen.

Plus Benjamin Percy's encounters with the animal world; a folio of photographs by Massimo Vitali; winter poetry by Marianne Boruch, Cathy Park Hong, Dorothea Tanning; and more.

Table of Contents


Aimee Bender, Faces

Carsten René Nielsen, House Inspections

Patricio Pron, Ideas  Full Text


Ha Jin, The Art of Fiction No. 202  Full Text

Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir No. 1  Full Text


Marianne Boruch, Honest-to-God Color, God Said, for Artists  Full Text

Robert Hass, Four Poems

Cathy Park Hong, Abecedarian Western

Jessica Fordham Kidd, Biggest Fish I Will Ever See

Alison D. Moncrief, Prologue

James Schuyler, Six Poems

Maggie Smith, Apologue

Dorothea Tanning, Cultivation  Full Text


Benjamin Percy, Me vs. Animals


Massimo Vitali, Bathers


Lieve Joris, The High Plains  Full Text