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The Paris Review No. 198, Fall 2011

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The third installment from Roberto Bolaño's The Third Reich, with new illustrations by Leanne Shapton.

Nicholson Baker on the art of fiction: “I’ve always had an urge to try to hold on to places and documents and buildings.” And Dennis Cooper: “I think pornography is a very rich medium.”

Lydia Davis on translation and Madame Bovary and Geoff Dyer on Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker. New fiction from Kerry Howley. Anonymous photographs of children from the personal collection of Terry Castle.

Poems by Brenda Shaughnessy, Paul Muldoon, Forrest Gander, Sharon Olds, Constantine P. Cavafy, Meghan O'Rourke, and Jeff Dolven.

Table of Contents


Roberto Bolaño, The Third Reich: Part 3

Kerry Howley, Pretty Citadel


Nicholson Baker, The Art of Fiction No. 212  Full Text

Dennis Cooper, The Art of Fiction No. 213  Full Text


Constantine P. Cavafy, In Despair

Jeff Dolven, Quarter

Jeff Dolven, My Puppets   Full Text

Forrest Gander, Body Visible

Paul Muldoon, Required Fields

Sharon Olds, The Haircut

Meghan O’Rourke, Theory vs. Practice   Full Text

Meghan O’Rourke, Pike's Peak

Brenda Shaughnessy, All Possible Pain   Full Text

Brenda Shaughnessy, Liquid Flesh


Terry Castle, Children, Anon., from the personal collection of Terry Castle


Lydia Davis, Some Notes on Translation and on Madame Bovary

Geoff Dyer, Into the Zone