Taking up her family’s burden: Tamara Chalabi’s LATE FOR TEA AT THE DEER PALACE

BY ASHLEY ALBRECHT “As with everything in the Middle East, nothing makes sense until you understand the past, and the past is never straightforward.”  Such commences Tamara Chalabi’s first book, Late for Tea at the Deer Palace: The Lost Dreams of My Iraqi Family (HarperCollins).  Part history of Iraq, part ancestral memoir, and part political … Continue reading Taking up her family’s burden: Tamara Chalabi’s LATE FOR TEA AT THE DEER PALACE

Class in Love: A look into Sandor Marai’s PORTRAITS OF A MARRIAGE

BY ASHLEY ALBRECHT While his writings were only recently translated into English less than a decade ago, Hungarian author Sandor Marai provides a Modernist-realist window into life on the Continent between the twentieth century’s major world wars.  Portraits of a Marriage, a triangularly-structured love story, originally published in Budapest in 1941, has been newly translated … Continue reading Class in Love: A look into Sandor Marai’s PORTRAITS OF A MARRIAGE