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Mario Bruzzone

SF Station Writer

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The New World Beckons
By Mario Bruzzone (Sep 12, 2006)
I'm not really sure why, but since finishing Chris Adrian's sparkling new novel [b]The Children's Hospital[/b], I keep thinking of a couplet from deep within Yeats's poem “Easter, 1916.” “And what if excess of love/Bewildered them till they died?” “Them” is transformed here, however, from Yeats' 16 executed Irishmen to everyone -- to me and you and all of our distant relatives who populate this Earth. More »
Beauty On Every Page
By Mario Bruzzone (Apr 25, 2006)
Peter Orner, from a Jewish family in Chicago, has written a novel about Namibia. And it's good -- so [b]very[/b] good. Let me explain: too often, novels by American writers set in foreign countries either romanticize them or misunderstand those countries completely, or both. In these kind of works, the narrative feels off. Something is wrong, even if it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is. More »
The Nature of the Mind
By Mario Bruzzone (Jun 08, 2005)
Originally, Michael Guista's [i]Brain Work[/i] was to be titled [i]Brain Work: Stories in Search of a Soul[/i]. While I don't know the actual reason why the subtitle was dropped, I suspect that someone saw its deceptiveness: The stories themselves aren't looking for their own souls; rather, Guista is trying to uncover the essence of the soul that inhabits us all. More »
The Lonely Shall Inherit the Earth
By Mario Bruzzone (May 10, 2005)
The characters that populate Gina Ochsner's second book of short stories, [i]People I Wanted to Be[/i], are troubled. They are troubled by death -- their own deaths, deaths they've caused, and deaths that have been inflicted upon them; and by their failings, their ennui and their inability to understand or envision their lives as anything other than what they are. They are fully realized people with all the imperfections and wonderful humanity that brings. The stories are, in a sense, escapist stories, for Ochsner creates a different world for her readers to inhabit for the ten, twenty, or thirty minutes it takes to read each. More »
By Mario Bruzzone (Nov 31, 2004)
1. Women in their Beds by Gina Berriault (1997; SF author) Berriault is (or, sadly, was) California's version of Alice Munro – a superbly gifted short-story writer whose work haunts you with infinitely perfect moments: the bewilderment of a child who has killed his brother and can't understand what it means; the smell of eucalyptus trees and, on warm days, the feeling that hangs in the air around them. Simply put, a jewel of a book. More »
Solution Unsolved: The Murderer is Caught, but the Biggest Mystery is Left Unsolved
By Mario Bruzzone (Nov 24, 2004)
Michael Chabon's great strength has always been his short stories -- whether 1998's "Son of the Wolfman" or the stories of 1992's "A Model World," they are consistently better than the uneven 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay' and more heartfelt and honest than 'Wonder Boys', the two novels that made him famous. And because of this, Chabon's new novella "The Final Solution", is most welcome. More »
M. Allen Cunningham's The Green Age of Asher Witherow
By Mario Bruzzone (Sep 02, 2004)
It is an evocative fragment, and apt for Cunningham's melancholy and gothic tale of life in Nortonville, a coal-mining town in the shadow of Contra Costa County's Mount Diablo. Today, Nortonville is a ghost town, part of the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, and all that remains is its cemetery. More »
David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas
By Mario Bruzzone (Aug 04, 2004)
"Spent the fortnight gone in the music room," writes Robert Frobisher, a disinherited composer, to his lover in England, "reworking my year's fragments into a 'sextet for overlapping soloists': piano, clarinet, 'cello, flute, oboe, and violin, each in its own language of key, scale, and color. In the first set, each solo is interrupted by its successor; in the second, each interruption is recontinued, in order. Revolutionary or gimmicky? Shan't know until it's finished, and by then it'll be too late." More »
Mario Bruzzone's Articles
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