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Morten Høi Jensen
Enrique Vila-Matas plays some complex games with literature and characters yet any threat of heaviness is redeemed by his assured comic touch and fine sense of the ridiculous.
Oct 24, 2012, 16:37 PM

Made in China

Luna Dolezal
Dave Eggers’s beautifully written new novel offers a melancholy and dreamlike portrait of America in decline.
Mar 10, 2013, 18:24 PM


Brenna Katz Clarke
JK Rowling's new adult novel has more characters than are good for it. It's also a little difficult to care too much about them.
Oct 24, 2012, 19:40 PM


Brenna Katz Clarke

Barbara Kingsolver presents a story of American rural life in which ecological concern is balanced with a fine feeling for the texture of actual lives.
Nov 30, 2012, 19:49 PM

Dispatches from the Island

Luna Dolezal

Jonathan Franzen inextricably links writing to survival, to that which sustains life and keeps boredom and demise at bay.
Jan 14, 2013, 20:57 PM

Weimar Stories

Rob Sternberg

The German-Dutch writer Hans Keilson reached a new English-speaking audience when his novels from the 1930s were reissued. This rediscovery came when Keilson was 100.
Feb 10, 2013, 21:12 PM

A Time In Between

Éadaoín Lynch
The writers of the 1940s were paralysed by the sense that those who had gone before them and experienced the Great War had said everything there was to say about war and the pity of war.
Dec 15, 2013, 21:42 PM


Kevin Stevens
Though he fell out with the temper of the times in the later 1960s, in the light of history Bellow will be a judged a great American novelist, and Herzog, cerebral and earthy, imbued with two thousand years of learning yet crackling with wiseass Chicago wit, will be accounted his masterpiece.
Dec 15, 2013, 21:46 PM

A Cold Literature

Antony Tatlow
The writer, Chinese Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian insists, is not a prophet. He must tell the truth and articulate difference. The only criteria are aesthetic quality and truth to the emotions. “Cold literature” does not seek to change the world.
Jan 26, 2014, 21:20 PM

The Grace of Accuracy

Kevin Stevens
Jason Sommer’s fourth poetry collection exhibits a master’s command of language, rhythm, and image, a formidable narrative gift and an unflinching willingness to take on themes that are both intensely personal and expansively historical.
Feb 9, 2014, 20:52 PM

Demonic Ideologist

Robert Sullivan
The popular historian James Anthony Froude believed that superior strength was as a rule a sign of superior merit, held Irishmen in particularly low esteem and offered Oliver Cromwell as the model for how a superior race should govern a race that was unfit for self-government.
Feb 9, 2014, 21:09 PM

American Berserk

George O’Brien
Philip Roth’s American Pastoral can be seen as the start of his most prolific period, when he turned to focus more on questions of assimilation and social mobility in a country John F Kennedy called “a nation of immigrants”.
Feb 23, 2014, 20:53 PM

Joy for the Disillusioned

Sean Sheehan
At a time when the Bible’s importance is no longer at the centre of secular cultures, it is timely to consider the contribution of the Norton Critical Edition of the King James Bible. Detailed, yet accessible annotations demonstrate its continuing literary and artistic significance.
Mar 25, 2014, 07:47 AM

Apples at World’s End

Enda O’Doherty
Czesław Miłosz lived through a century in which many thought they could take History by the scruff of the neck, for the aggrandisement of their own nation or the betterment of mankind. The notion at one stage half-appealed to Miłosz too, but he was to learn to be less ambitious.
Mar 25, 2014, 08:25 AM

Never Say Die

Tom Cooney
Feb 28, 2007, 20:37 PM

I made a posy, while the day ran by

Florence Impens
A new biography of seventeenth century English poet George Herbert reads his life through his work and his work through his life, and suggests that Herbert is more than just a religious poet, and that his influence on modern poetry should not be overlooked.
Apr 7, 2014, 07:42 AM

Lovely Visitors

Kevin Stevens
Lorrie Moore, like Beckett, can find comedy in utter darkness and uses the richness of language as a way of finding, if not solace, at least a way of framing and confronting tragedy.
Apr 7, 2014, 08:16 AM

About Time

Lia Mills
If the mystery could be taught, poetry would die, argues one contributor to a new study of creative writing teaching in Ireland. But what workshops and courses can do is save time – condensing years of toil and experimentation and leaving writers equipped to do the real work on their own.
Apr 22, 2014, 08:45 AM

The Shining River

Kevin Stevens
A chapter-length extract from Kevin Stevens’s new novel, an urban crime drama about money, race, and class set in Kansas City in the 1930s.
May 5, 2014, 18:15 PM

Casting a Spell

David Blake Knox
The older I get, John Burnside remarks, the happier my childhood gets. In a third volume of memoirs he goes further towards an understanding of his father, a threatening alcoholic for whom, he had said in an earlier book, cruelty came close to being an ideology.
Aug 31, 2014, 14:46 PM