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The Paris Review No. 199, Winter 2011

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

Jeffrey Eugenides on the art of fiction: “Every novelist should possess a hermaphroditic imagination.” And Alan Hollinghurst: “I was rather a goody-goody as a child… It was only later on I discovered that you could be naughty and get away with it.”

New fiction from Adam Wilson, Clarice Lispector, and Paul Murray, and the English-language debut of Valérie Mréjen. A portfolio of women by women, curated by Charlotte Strick.

Poems by David Wagoner, Jonathan Galassi, Dorothea Lasky, Ange Mlinko, Gottfried Benn, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips.

Table of Contents


Roberto Bolaño, The Third Reich: Part 4

Clarice Lispector, Two Stories

Valérie Mréjen, Family History

Paul Murray, That's My Bike!

Adam Wilson, What's Important Is Feeling


Jeffrey Eugenides, The Art of Fiction No. 215  Full Text

Alan Hollinghurst, The Art of Fiction No. 214  Full Text


Gottfried Benn, Rowans

Gottfried Benn, Songs

Gottfried Benn, Despair

Gottfried Benn, Circulation  Full Text

Gottfried Benn, Never Lonelier   Full Text

Jonathan Galassi, The Crossing

Jonathan Galassi, Once

Jonathan Galassi, Barn Owl Song

Jonathan Galassi, Young  Full Text

Jonathan Galassi, Middle-aged  Full Text

Jonathan Galassi, August

Dorothea Lasky, I Had a Man

Ange Mlinko, Alexander's Naming Of Winds

Ange Mlinko, from The Lamiyya After al-Shanfara  Full Text

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Over the Counties of Kings and Queens Came the Second Idea

David Wagoner, Under Arrest   Full Text

David Wagoner, Having Served His Time


Charlotte Strick, Women by Women