A Referendum on Nostalgia: On Georgi Gospodinov’s “Time Shelter”

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A Referendum on Nostalgia: On Georgi Gospodinov’s “Time Shelter”

Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov

Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future, And time future contained in time past. If all time is eternally present All time is unredeemable.

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A writer of great warmth as well as skill … Georgi Gospodinov.

Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov review – the dangers of dwelling in the past

From communism to the Brexit referendum and conflict in Europe, this funny yet frightening Bulgarian novel explores the weaponisation of nostalgia

L ife behind the iron curtain was an education in a certain kind of humour: dark, unsentimental and absurd. It understood that jokes had become shortcuts to the truth – apart from the bonus of laughter, they turned the wooden language of the regime against itself in ways that sincerity could not. My favourite joke from my time in 1980s Romania was: “Under communism, the future is always certain; it’s the past that keeps changing.” From the vantage point of 2022, it’s clear that this wasn’t just true of communism, and that the joke, if we can still bear to laugh at it, is also on us.

Time Shelter is Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov’s third novel, and for all its focus on the apparently bygone, it could not be more timely. A mysterious therapist, Gaustine, founds a clinic that treats patients with Alzheimer’s by recreating the pasts in which they felt most secure. The “past-clinic” begins with different rooms and floors, decorated with a completist’s precision and an obsessive’s eye for detail: particular cigarette brands, lampshades, wallpaper, archive magazines … Decade by decade, therapeutic time-shelters allow patients to inhabit their temporal “safe spaces”.

The clinic is not just a place where Gaustine treats patients; it is also the perfect conceit for Gospodinov’s narrator to explore the 20th century in Europe through the vanishing points of traumatised or broken individuals. It’s as if Oliver Sacks and WG Sebald had collaborated on a Europe-wide chain of treatment centres. A former secret policeman arrives with his former quarry, who now has dementia. The police officer has become his prosthetic memory, restoring moments of happiness to the man he once persecuted and informed on. In one of the book’s many dark jokes, a Romanian patient finds solace in remembering not what he experienced but what he fantasised about: a life in the US. Nostalgia is not about what you had, but a memory of what you wanted: a backdated cheque from a nonexistent bank that somehow always pays out.

Some patients have memories that are better left untapped: in one harrowing case, Gaustine treats a woman who cannot bear to be near showers. He discovers that she is a Holocaust survivor, prompting him to reflect that memory is not a good in itself, and that the right kind of forgetting is also therapeutically necessary. Gaustine writes that the more past there is, the less memory we have. Differentiating the past from memory becomes important later in the novel, when Gaustine’s idea is hijacked – as it was always going to be – by politicians.

The clinic is so successful that clients with no ailments gravitate towards it. Everyone wants a piece of the past. A radio station plays entire days from specific decades. Gaustine imagines towns and cities fixed in particular eras; soon, whole countries want to emulate his idea. Across Europe, political parties promote different decades in their national histories. Referendums are fought on what particular past a country’s future will look like. It’s funny and absurd, but it’s also frightening, because even as Gospodinov plays with the idea as fiction, the reader begins to recognise something rather closer to home. Time Shelter was written between the Brexit referendum and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, both of which represent, in their own ways, the weaponisation of nostalgia and the selection of particular eras in the time clinic of the not-so-new world order.

The Brexit referendum is invoked here as a prototype (our politicians would say “world-leading”) for the fictional referendums that break out across Europe. In the film that I hope will be made of this novel, I imagine crowd scenes and political rallies with people chanting slogans like, “What do we want? Then! When do we want it? Now!” True to form, Gospodinov finds humour in the bleakness, as Europe proves, yet again, that knowing history is no bar to repeating it. He has fun with national stereotypes: “If Scandinavia couldn’t decide which of its happy periods to choose, Romania was also racked by doubt, but for opposite reasons.”

This novel could have been a clever, high-concept intellectual game with little by way of emotional investment, but Gospodinov is a writer of great warmth as well as skill. His narrator bears close relation to Gospodinov himself: a Bulgarian, born in 1968, for whom the end of communism remains, as it remains in a ghostly way in this novel, a meeting point of past and present. His affection for that period is sincere but also without illusion. He can draw out fully dimensional characters from the broken details of their fractured memories. His transitions – between humour and sadness, absurd situationism and reverberating tragedy, pathos and ironic observation – are never obtrusive. Thanks to the skill and delicacy of Angela Rodel’s translation, these qualities are in abundant display for the anglophone reader.

The novel’s title – Time Shelter – is a neologism in Bulgarian as it is in English, a grafting from the noun “bomb shelter”. It’s well found in its ambiguity: sheltering from time, and sheltering within time. Both are attractive but impossible. Nostalgia used to feel like a source of harmless escape, and occasional sustenance. It is starting to seem like a fossil fuel, foreshortening our future as it burns.

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Translator Angela Rodel, left, and author Georgi Gospodinov have won the 2023 International Booker Prize for Time Shelter. They are pictured above in London on May 23, 2023. David Parry/The Booker Prizes hide caption

Translator Angela Rodel, left, and author Georgi Gospodinov have won the 2023 International Booker Prize for Time Shelter. They are pictured above in London on May 23, 2023.

This year's winner of the The International Booker Prize is a unique spin on time travel. The novel Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov, with a translation by Angela Rodel, imagines the 'first clinic of the past,' in which Alzheimer's patients can visit different time periods of their lives on different floors.

"One day, when this business really takes off," therapist Gaustine tells the narrator, a writer, "we'll create these clinics or sanatoriums in various countries. The past is also a local thing. There'll be houses from various years everywhere, little neighborhoods, one day we'll even have small cities, maybe even a whole country. For patients with failing memories, Alzheimer's, dementia, whatever you want to call it. For all of those who already are living solely in the present of their past."

In its review of Time Shelter , The Guardian wrote, "From communism to the Brexit referendum and conflict in Europe, this funny yet frightening Bulgarian novel explores the weaponisation of nostalgia."

Gospodinov's novel was chosen from a shortlist of six books from around the world.

"Intricately crafted, and eloquently translated by Angela Rodel," wrote the International Booker Prize jury, " Time Shelter cements Georgi Gospodinov's reputation as one of the indispensable writers of our times, and a major voice in international literature."

Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov, translated by Angela Rodel

Unlike the original Booker Prize which rewards novels written in English, the International Booker Prize honors fiction translated into English from around the world. This is the first time a Bulgarian novel has won.

Gospodinov and translator Angela Rodel will share the prize money of roughly $62,ooo equally. In addition, the shortlisted authors and translators each receive approximately $3,000.

Time Shelter is Gospodinov's third novel to be published in English. A poet and playwright, he is the most translated writer from Bulgaria to emerge since the fall of communism.

Literary translator Angela Rodel is a Minnesota native who lives in Bulgaria. In addition to Time Shelter , she translated Gospodinov's novel The Physics of Sorrow , as well as a short story collection by Bulgarian writer Georgi Tenev.

In a statement, Gospodinov said, "It is commonly assumed that 'big themes' are reserved for 'big literatures,' or literatures written in big languages, while small languages, somehow by default, are left with the local and the exotic. Awards like the International Booker Prize are changing that status quo, and this is very important."

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TIME SHELTER

by Georgi Gospodinov translated by Angela Rodel ‧ RELEASE DATE: May 10, 2022

An ambitious, quirky, time-folding yarn.

A clinic invites Europeans to live in the past, with all the comforts and perils that doing so brings.

The unnamed narrator of Bulgarian author Gospodinov’s third novel translated into English has stumbled into the orbit of Gaustine, who’s opened a facility in Zurich for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia—“those who already are living solely in the present of their past,” as he puts it. Memory care is a legitimate treatment for such patients, but Gospodinov’s digressive, philosophical novel is less a work of realist literature than an allegory about the perils of looking backward and attempting to make Switzerland (or Sweden or Germany...) great again. As the popularity of the clinic expands—with different floors dedicated to different decades of the 20th century—the narrator alternates between sketches of various patients and ruminations about modern European history (particularly that of his native Bulgaria) and how time is treated by authors like Thomas Mann, W.H. Auden, and Homer. Eventually, the novel expands into a kind of dark satire of nostalgia and patriotism as more clinics emerge and various European countries hold referendums to decide which point in time it wishes to live in. (France picks the 1980s; Switzerland, forever neutral, votes to live in the day of the referendum.) But, of course, attempting to live in the past doesn’t mean you can stay there. Though the story at times meanders, translator Rodel keeps the narrator’s wry voice consistent. And in its brisker latter chapters, the story achieves a pleasurably Borges-ian strangeness while sending a warning signal about how memory can be glitch-y and dangerous. As Gaustine puts it: “The more a society forgets, the more someone produces, sells, and fills the freed-up niches with ersatz-memory.”

Pub Date: May 10, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-324-09095-3

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Liveright/Norton

Review Posted Online: March 15, 2022

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An award-winning international sensation―with a second-act dystopian twist― Time Shelter is a tour de force set in a world clamoring for the past before it forgets.

"At one point they tried to calculate when time began, when exactly the earth had been created," begins Time Shelter's enigmatic narrator, who will go unnamed. "In the mid–seventeenth century, the Irish bishop Ussher calculated not only the exact year, but also a starting date: October 22, 4,004 years before Christ." But for our narrator, time as he knows it begins when he meets Gaustine, a "vagrant in time" who has distanced his life from contemporary reality by reading old news, wearing tattered old clothes, and haunting the lost avenues of the twentieth century. In an apricot-colored building in Zurich, surrounded by curiously planted forget-me-nots, Gaustine has opened the first "clinic for the past," an institution that offers an inspired treatment for Alzheimer's sufferers: each floor reproduces a past decade in minute detail, allowing patients to transport themselves back in time to unlock what is left of their fading memories. Serving as Gaustine's assistant, the narrator is tasked with collecting the flotsam and jetsam of the past, from 1960s furniture and 1940s shirt buttons to nostalgic scents and even wisps of afternoon light. But as the charade becomes more convincing, an increasing number of healthy people seek out the clinic to escape from the dead-end of their daily lives―a development that results in an unexpected conundrum when the past begins to invade the present. Through sharply satirical, labyrinth-like vignettes reminiscent of Italo Calvino and Franz Kafka, the narrator recounts in breathtaking prose just how he became entrenched in a plot to stop time itself.

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"Gospodinov's digressive, philosophical novel is less a work of realist literature than an allegory about the perils of looking backward and attempting to make Switzerland (or Sweden or Germany...) great again ... translator Rodel keeps the narrator's wry voice consistent ... And in its brisker latter chapters, the story achieves a pleasurably Borges-ian strangeness while sending a warning signal about how memory can be glitch-y and dangerous ... An ambitious, quirky, time-folding yarn." ― Kirkus Reviews "A radical new therapy tests the power of nostalgia in the electric and fantastical latest from Gospodinov ( The Physics of Sorrow ).The clever prose sells the zany premise and imbues it with poignant longing: 'Everything happens years after it has happened.... Most likely 1939 did not exist in 1939, there were just mornings when you woke up with a headache, uncertain and afraid.' Thought-provoking and laced with potent satire, this deserves a spot next to Kafka." ― Publishers Weekly "[An] antic fantasy of European politics.... 'History is still news,' Gospodinov writes, cunningly drawing attention to the violence that the past wreaks on the present." ― The New Yorker "The elegant translation and the short, lyrical chapters in this dystopian tale offer a poignant ode to the dual tragedies of personal and universal memory loss." ―Lucy Lockley, Booklist "Mr. Gospodinov, one of Bulgaria's most popular contemporary writers, is a nostalgia artist. In the manner of Orhan Pamuk and Andreï Makine, his books are preoccupied with memory, its ambiguous pleasures and its wistful, melancholy attraction....This difficult but rewarding novel concludes with an image of Europe brought to the brink of renewed conflict―an abstraction that recent events have imbued with the terrible force of reality." ―Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal "The morality of artificially returning people to the past, and the broader question of whether this truly brings solace ― whether indulgence in nostalgia is curative or pernicious ― is the central question of Georgi Gospodinov's newly translated novel… Adroit execution of such wordplay is a testament to the talent of the novel's translator, Angela Rodel. [Gospodinov] is sympathetic to the poignancy of things from before ― obsolete objects, old brands of coffee, the skipping of antique records ― but rebuffs the scapegoats of globalism, immigration and modernization that supposedly killed them off; we are all complicit in the destruction of history, and going backward can only mean intolerance and the exaltation of traditionalist kitsch. It's impossible, when reading all this, not to think of the reactionary sentiments behind Brexit and MAGA and even Putin's Greater Russia irredentism, but Gospodinov is too delicate to resort to crude political satire.… Touching and intelligent." ―Adrian Nathan West, New York Times Book Review "A chronicle of time itself: this is the ambitious task undertaken by Georgi Gospodinov, Bulgaria's greatest living writer and annalist of an entire nation's endless complaints and missed chances, in his Strega Prize–winning novel Time Shelter. ... Finished in Berlin just as COVID was on the verge of sweeping through Europe, the novel is at times unnervingly prescient as it issues warnings against the perils of infection ― physical, political, even metaphysical.... A poet at heart, Gospodinov can also write a novel in a single sentence: 'The past is my home country….' He uses the absurdities of the very specific universe of Bulgarian pain, of Bulgarian provincial poverty, to unveil deep wounds…. Angela Rodel, the most prolific and accomplished translator of Bulgarian literature into English, carries over Gospodinov's grand, flowing Bulgarian sentences… into vivid English…. Rodel is part of a grouping of extraordinary women translators working to preserve linguistic diversity.... who are today producing and exporting some of the most compelling and interesting contemporary literature from Bulgaria." ―Isadora Angel, Astra

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Georgi Gospodinov is the author of Natural Novel translated into more than 20 languages, The Physics of Sorrow which won the 2019 European Angelus Award and the 2016 Jan Michalski Prize, and the most recent novel, Time Shelter , winner of the 2021 Premio Strega Europeo. Smuggling poetry into fiction, his style is both poetic and philosophical yet readable, funny, and self-ironic. According to Olga Tokarczuk, Time Shelter is the most exquisite kind of literature.

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Georgi Gospodinov’s ‘Time Shelter’ wins the International Booker Prize

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“ Time Shelter ,” by Georgi Gospodinov and translated by Angela Rodel, has won this year’s International Booker Prize. It is the first book originally written in Bulgarian to be nominated for the award.

The prize, announced Tuesday, recognizes fiction translated into English and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland in the year leading up to the award, with 50,000 pounds (about $62,000) shared equally between author and translator.

In “Time Shelter,” a therapist named Gaustine starts a “time clinic,” where patients with Alzheimer’s can, in meticulously decorated rooms, revisit bygone decades when they felt safe — only to see the clinic catch on among healthy people who simply wish to escape their daily lives. The novel explores both how people fantasize about exiting the forward flow of time, and how they seek refuge in their memories — or, more often, their idealized notions of the past.

Gospodinov has cited far-flung political events of 2016, as well as various European countries’ attempts to conduct “referendums on the past,” as the impetus for the novel. “My urge to write this book came from the sense that something had gone awry in the clockworks of time,” he said in an April interview , later adding: “How does one live with a deficit of meaning and future?”

The novelist described in his acceptance speech how, as a child, he tended to check out books from the library that were written in the first person.

“Why? I realized a little later: I did not want the hero to die at the end,” Gospodinov said. “And as long as you’re telling a story, you’re still alive.” And as long as writers tell their stories and the stories of others, he added, they, too, are still alive. “Our stories produce life, and resistance to death and evil.”

Rodel praised what she called Gospodinov’s “many brilliant metaphors,” chiefly “the critical deficit of meaning.” Though it’s a bleak image in the novel, it kept surfacing in her mind during the celebratory gathering of the International Booker nominees. “The shortlisted books are trying to replenish this deficit,” she said.

Prizes often boost book sales, but the International Booker Prize casts an especially bright spotlight. It can grow authors’ Anglophone readership, reengage their domestic audience and encourage publishers to commission versions in other languages. Han Kang’s “The Vegetarian,” for example, had sold around 20,000 copies over its first decade in print in South Korea; after it won the prize in 2016, it had an almost immediate reprint of more than 450,000 copies . Last year’s win for “Tomb of Sand,” by Geetanjali Shree and translated from Hindi by Daisy Rockwell, drew attention to the breadth of literature being written in South Asian languages in India, where English-language literature has long been treated as more prestigious, as well as more commercial .

This year’s panel of judges was chaired by novelist Leïla Slimani, best known for her thriller “The Perfect Nanny,” and included New Yorker staff writer Parul Sehgal, novelist Tan Twan Eng, Financial Times literary editor Frederick Studemann and Ukrainian-language translator Uilleam Blacker. They read more than 130 books before making their selections for the longlist and shortlist.

“Tomorrow is the most important Bulgarian holiday, my favorite national holiday,” Gospodinov noted in his speech. “It is the day of the Cyrillic alphabet, the day of writing and language. It’s wonderful when letters and language are being celebrated.”

The 2023 Booker Prize, recognizing a work of fiction originally written in English, will be awarded in late November. A longlist of around a dozen nominees will be named Aug. 1.

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A GUARDIAN AND FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 'The most exquisite kind of literature... I've put it on a special shelf in my library that I reserve for books that demand to be revisited every now and then. ' OLGA TOKARCZUK, author of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead 'Could not be more timely... It's funny and absurd, but it's also frightening, because even as Gospodinov plays with the idea as fiction, the reader begins to recognise something rather closer to home... A writer of great warmth as well as skill ' GUARDIAN 'In equal measure playful and profound, Time Shelter renders the philosophical mesmerizing, and the everyday extraordinary. I loved it' CLAIRE MESSUD, author of The Woman Upstairs 'A genrebusting novel of ideas... Gospodinov's vision of tomorrow is the nightmare from which Europe knows it must awake. And accident, in combination with the book's own merits, may just have created a classic' THE TIMES 'Gospodinov is one of Europe's most fascinating and irreplaceable novelists, and this his most expansive, soulful and mind-bending book' DAVE EGGERS, author of The Circle 'Touching and intelligent' NEW YORK TIMES 'A powerful and brilliant novel: clear-sighted, foreboding, enigmatic' SANDRO VERONESI, author of The Hummingbird 'An immensely enjoyable book which achieves depth with an affable narrative voice' IRISH TIMES In Time Shelter , an enigmatic flâneur named Gaustine opens a 'clinic for the past' that offers a promising treatment for Alzheimer's sufferers: each floor reproduces a decade in minute detail, transporting patients back in time. As Gaustine's assistant, the unnamed narrator is tasked with collecting the flotsam and jetsam of the past, from 1960s furniture and 1940s shirt buttons to scents and even afternoon light. But as the rooms become more convincing, an increasing number of healthy people seek out the clinic as a 'time shelter', hoping to escape from the horrors of our present - a development that results in an unexpected conundrum when the past begins to invade the present. Intricately crafted, and eloquently translated by Angela Rodel, Time Shelter cements Georgi Gospodinov's reputation as one of the indispensable writers of our times, a major voice in international literature. Georgi Gospodinov is one of Europe's most acclaimed writers. Originally from Bulgaria, his novels have won his country's most prestigious literary prize twice and have been shortlisted for more than a dozen international prizes - including the 2015 PEN Literary Award for Translation, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, the Premio Strega Europeo, the Bruecke Berlin Preis, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Literaturpreis. He has won the 2016 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the 2019 Angelus Literature Central Europe Prize and the 2021 Premio Strega Europeo, among others.

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"Georgi Gospodinov is unique in many ways. I've been reading him since the beginning and I know that no one can combine an intriguing concept, wonderful imagination, and perfect writing technique like he can." --Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel Prize-winning author of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

"Gospodinov is one of Europe's most fascinating and irreplaceable novelists, and this his most expansive, soulful and mind-bending book." --Dave Eggers

"In equal measure playful and profound, Georgi Gospodinov's Time Shelter renders the philosophical mesmerizing, and the everyday extraordinary. I loved it." --Claire Messud

"In this book, time sneaks away and then returns, reconstituted. Franz Ferdinand is re-assassinated. The cigarettes you liked as a teenager are on sale again. Communism is back, and nice. The book is a satire, witty and scorching, but it is also wise and tender. Your grandmother is there." --Joan Acocella, The New Yorker staff writer

"Gospodinov writes like a botanist of the soul: he knows the effects of the pretty mushrooms and the hidden herbs within ourselves in spite of what they look like from afar. The living beings he studies are our versions of our past, the unretrievable, the recreated, the future versions of our past, and how we imbue them with the fantasies and poisons that we cultivate in silence." --Yuri Herrera, author of Signs Preceding the End of the World

" Time Shelter is an extraordinary romp through time and memory, a beautifully written and wonderfully inventive meditation on what the past means to us, whether we can recapture it, and how it defines our present. This is the perfect novel for these cloistered, atemporal times." --Alberto Manguel, author of A History of Reading

"A powerful and brilliant novel: clear-sighted, foreboding, enigmatic . . . in which the future gives way like a rotten beam, and the past rushes in like a flood." --Sandro Veronesi, author of The Hummingbird

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Angela Rodel is a prolific translator of Bulgarian literature and won the International Booker Prize for translation.

Georgi Gospodinov is one of Bulgaria's most lauded authors. His novel Time Shelter won the International Booker Prize and the Premio Strega Europeo, among other prizes.

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• Examination of roadways that need to be raised, or implementing other ways of dealing with flooding, which has been increasing.

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The chief said he plans to hold meetings with neighborhood associations to alert the public to sign up on the town website through the Notify Me! system.

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This dazzling display of youthful energy from a man who’s about to turn 81 was the highlight of the Rolling Stones ‘ performance at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium on Monday night. During the only Florida stop of the rock band’s Hackney Diamonds tour, the legendary rockers — including founding member Keith Richards and longtime guitarist Ronnie Wood — performed a dynamic 19-song set that captivated the crowd.

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Excitement was palpable as fans, many clad in shirts with the iconic tongue and lips logo, shuffled toward the stadium while the sun began to set. Some traveled from around Florida and the United States; others traveled from the United Kingdom and even Argentina to see Jagger and company play their timeless tunes. Many enthusiasts looked old enough to remember when the Stones’ biggest hits came out, but others in the next generation of rock ‘n’ roll devotees joined their parents or grandparents for what was sure to be a thrilling evening of live music.

Right before 9:30 p.m., the Stones jogged on stage to thousands of cheering fans, launching into “Start Me Up” to get the crowd going. From the moment he came into view, Jagger bounced, shook his hips, spun, danced and waved his way up and down the runway that extended toward the audience. The rockers kept the energy high early in the set with “Get Off Of My Cloud” and “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It).”

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A few songs later, the old-timers took the opportunity to welcome a much younger musician to perform with them. During “Dead Flowers,” the Stones were joined by Tyler Childers, who opened the show by jamming his high-energy country and bluegrass tunes.

After inspiring the audience to wave their hands and sing along with the band’s classic hit, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” Jagger took a roll call of Floridian fans.

“I want to welcome everyone here from all over the state,” Jagger said between songs, asking if there were visitors from Naples, Tampa, Miami and even Bithlo. At one point, he recalled with a nostalgic twinkle in his eye the first time the Stones played in Florida — nearly 60 years ago in Clearwater. Legend has it that’s also where and when the song “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was written.

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“We have some great local celebrities that have come tonight. Tiger Woods is here, for instance. Joey Fatone is here,” Jagger continued, perhaps tongue-in-cheek. “And Ron DeSantis is up there in the suite. He’s having a date night with Mickey Mouse. I’m so glad they finally made up.”

After Richards took a turn singing two songs, which almost felt sleepy compared to Jagger’s enthusiastic stage presence, the frontman was back and shaking his hips to the rhythmic beat of “Sympathy for the Devil.”

Showcasing the breadth of the Stones’ catalog, the band jammed on the country-infused “Honky Tonk Women” with twangy guitar riffs and jangly keyboard parts. Bassist Darryl Jones had his moment to shine with a funky solo on “Miss You.”

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The musical prowess of background vocalist Chanel Haynes was on full display during “Gimme Shelter,” one of the indisputable high points of the night. With soaring high notes, she walked and sang alongside Jagger as the crowd stood transfixed by the moment.

“Paint It Black” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” ended the set, which included plenty of chances for both Richards and Wood to shine with rocking guitar solos and Jagger to work the crowd from every side of the stage.

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It wasn’t long before the band returned for a two-song encore. Thousands of cell phone lights illuminated the stadium during the bluesy ballad “Sweet Sounds of Heaven,” a recent release featuring Lady Gaga on the studio version. While it’s undoubtedly hard to choose 19 songs to play out of a catalog of hundreds, the Stones couldn’t leave without an extended version of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” which felt like the perfect hit to finish the night.

By the end of the show, it became clear that Jagger’s strength as a frontman comes from his dazzling dance moves, powerful vocals and his ability to make every audience member feel seen — like they’re all an integral part of the live music experience.

“That was [expletive] amazing,” one woman remarked as the house lights came up and the mass exodus of fans began, saying aloud what everyone was thinking. Everyone in the crowd left with a smile, a surefire sign of a rocking good time.

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The Best Books of the Year (So Far)

The nonfiction and novels we can’t stop thinking about.

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  • May 24, 2024

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We’re almost halfway through 2024 and we at The Book Review have already written about hundreds of books. Some of those titles are good. Some are very good. And then there are the following.

We suspect that some (though certainly not all) will be top of mind when we publish our end-of-year, best-of lists. For more thoughts on what to read next, head to our book recommendation page .

The cover of “James” is black. The title is in yellow, and the author’s name is in white.

James , by Percival Everett

In this reworking of the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Jim, the enslaved man who accompanies Huck down the Mississippi River, is the narrator, and he recounts the classic tale in a language that is his own, with surprising details that reveal a far more resourceful, cunning and powerful character than we knew.

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Good Material , by Dolly Alderton

Alderton’s novel, about a 35-year-old struggling to make sense of a breakup, delivers the most delightful aspects of romantic comedy — snappy dialogue, realistic relationship dynamics, funny meet-cutes and misunderstandings — and leaves behind clichéd gender roles and the traditional marriage plot.

Martyr! , by Kaveh Akbar

A young Iranian American aspiring poet and recovering addict grieves his parents’ deaths while fantasizing about his own in Akbar’s remarkable first novel, which, haunted by death, also teems with life — in the inventive beauty of its sentences, the vividness of its characters and the surprising twists of its plot.

The Hunter , by Tana French

For Tana French fans, every one of the thriller writer’s twisty, ingenious books is an event. This one, a sequel to “The Searcher,” once again sees the retired Chicago cop Cal Hooper, a perennial outsider in the Irish west-country hamlet of Ardnakelty, caught up in the crimes — seen and unseen — that eat at the seemingly picturesque village.

Wandering Stars , by Tommy Orange

This follow-up to Orange’s debut, “There There,” is part prequel and part sequel; it trails the young survivor of a 19th-century massacre of Native Americans, chronicling not just his harsh fate but those of his descendants. In its second half, the novel enters 21st-century Oakland, following the family in the aftermath of a shooting.

Headshot , by Rita Bullwinkel

Set at a women’s boxing tournament in Reno, Nev., this novel centers on eight contestants, and the fights — physical and emotional — they bring to the ring. As our critic wrote: This story’s impact “lasts a long time, like a sharp fist to your shoulder.”

Beautyland , by Marie-Helene Bertino

In 1970s Philadelphia, an alien girl sent to Earth before she’s born communicates with her fellow life-forms via fax as she helps gather intel about whether our planet is habitable. This funny-sad novel follows the girl and her single mother as they find the means to persevere.

Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder , by Salman Rushdie

In his candid, plain-spoken and gripping new memoir, Rushdie recalls the attempted assassination he survived in 2022 during a presentation about keeping the world’s writers safe from harm. His attacker had piranhic energy. He also had a knife. Rushdie lost an eye, but he has slowly recovered thanks to the attentive care of doctors and the wife he celebrates here.

Everyone Who Is Gone Is Here: The United States, Central America, and the Making of a Crisis , by Jonathan Blitzer

This urgent and propulsive account of Latin American politics and immigration makes a persuasive case for a direct line from U.S. foreign policy in Central America to the current migrant crisis.

The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contact and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook , by Hampton Sides

By the time he made his third Pacific voyage, the British explorer James Cook had maybe begun to lose it a little. The scientific aims of his first two trips had shifted into something darker. According to our reviewer, the historian Hampton Sides “isn’t just interested in retelling an adventure tale. He also wants to present it from a 21st-century point of view. ‘The Wide Wide Sea’ fits neatly into a growing genre that includes David Grann’s ‘ The Wager ’ and Candice Millard’s ‘ River of the Gods ,’ in which famous expeditions, once told as swashbuckling stories of adventure, are recast within the tragic history of colonialism .”

The Rebel’s Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon , by Adam Shatz

This absorbing biography of the Black psychiatrist, writer and revolutionary Frantz Fanon highlights a side of him that’s often eclipsed by his image as a zealous partisan — that of the caring doctor, who ran a secret clinic for Algerian rebels.

Fi: A Memoir , by Alexandra Fuller

In her fifth memoir, Fuller describes the sudden death of her 21-year-old son. Devastating as this elegant and honest account may be — it’s certainly not for the faint of heart — it also leaves the reader with a sense of having known a lovely and lively young man.

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