If you think of historical fiction as a way of translating the past, does your perspective change when that fiction has been translated from another language? As some of the season’s best new historical novels suggest, this added dimension can make a book even richer, even more provocative. And none demonstrates that better than Frank Wynne’s translation of Alice Zeniter’s THE ART OF LOSING (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 434 pp., $28), which won France’s Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. Its central character is a young Frenchwoman attempting to reconnect with the Algeria that shaped and then silenced her paternal grandfather. It’s a story that hurls the lives of mountain peasants into a violent political maelstrom. Naima, who works in an art gallery, is comfortable in the world of her French mother, and it isn’t until she reaches her late 20s that she feels compelled to piece together the story her immigrant father, Hamid, refuses to revisit: of how his father, Ali, in the midst of the … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Summer Escape: Historical Fiction
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We’re also covering a feeding program for Florida manatees, manicured lawns, the clean-energy revolution, climate attribution studies, and more. By Christopher Flavelle The new infrastructure law signed by President Biden includes almost $50 billion to protect communities against climate change, the largest such investment ever. But, spending that money will test the president’s promise to pursue climate justice. Biden has pledged to direct 40 percent of climate spending to underserved places, including communities of color and small towns. Those places tend to be especially exposed to climate change, but usually have a harder time protecting themselves. Keeping that pledge could be a challenge. Much of the money for climate resilience goes through competitive grant programs, and those programs tend to favor wealthy, white, urban communities. That’s because, among other things, those communities have more money to hire experts to navigate the … [Read more...] about The Climate Bill Includes Billions in Funding. Will It Be Spent Fairly?
See the article in its original context from December 25, 2001 Section Page Buy Reprints View on timesmachine TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. ''Ali'' is a breakthrough for its director, Michael Mann. The film, based on the life of Muhammad Ali, is Mr. Mann's first movie with feeling; his overwhelming love of its subject will turn audiences into exuberant, thrilled fight crowds. That subject is a man whose mesmerizing surfeit of athleticism, beauty and moral and physical courage -- and enchanting lack of humility -- had no modern equivalent. As it follows, for roughly the first hour, Ali from the first Sonny Liston fight in 1964 through the duel with George Foreman in Zaire in 1974, the picture has a quick-moving breathlessness. Instead of soaking the movie in deadpan, minor-key electronica -- even Mr. Mann's directorial debut, ''Thief,'' employed the blue-steel proto-techno of Tangerine Dream -- ''Ali'' is fired up … [Read more...] about FILM REVIEW; Master of the Boast, King of the Ring, Vision of the Future