THE MORAVIAN NIGHT, by Peter Handke, translated from the German by Krishna Watson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). The protagonist of this novel about storytelling is a retired writer, who, returning from an expedition across Europe, summons friends to his houseboat, in Serbia (the title of the book is the boat’s name), to hear an all-night retelling of his tour. With allusions to “The Arabian Nights,” Cervantes, and Chaucer, his tale weaves memory, dream, philosophy, and illusion. Locations, names, and relationships are often left to the imagination, but there is a persistent sense that “momentous things must have occurred, and apparently almost every minute.” The theme of the book is self-examination, and the way that our lives are shaped by the land beneath our feet.