thu 06/08/2020

book reviews and features

Hiromi Kawakami: People From My Neighbourhood review - deft and feather-light

Gaby Frost

Deft and funny prose, in a feather-light translation by Ted Goossen, is the signature of Hiromi Kawakami's latest collection People From My...

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Ali Smith: Summer review - a hopeful present, beautifully described

India Lewis

It is no surprise, given her Cambridge Intellectual literary style, that Ali Smith’s Summer is multi-layered, referential, and filled with cameos from giants in the fields of art and...

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Mary South: You Will Never Be Forgotten review - canny tales of uncanny tech

Lydia Bunt

Never Let Me Go meets free, two-day shipping.” This is how Mary South describes “Keith Prime”, the first story in her debut collection. Undoubtedly, Kazuo Ishiguro springs to mind in the...

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Emily St John Mandel: The Glass Hotel review - a Ponzi scheme and its ghostly repercussions

Markie Robson-Scott

Vast wealth and equally vast fraud are part of the plot in The Glass Hotel, Emily St John Mandel’s irresistible fifth novel, but much stranger things are at play here – ghosts, parallel...

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Anne Applebaum: Twilight of Democracy review - lost friends and new hope

David Nice

Things fell apart; the Centre Right could not hold. Anne Applebaum knows it from the inside. A Reaganite with whom I imagine a civilized conversation would have been possible even in former times...

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Vincent van Gogh: the reader and the writer

Marina Vaizey

A life in art, a life in looking; a life in writing, a life in reading; a life fuelled by passionate emotions, personal attachments and religious turmoil. There are a few artists whose lives are...

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Jenny Diski: Why Didn’t You Just Do What You Were Told? Essays review - a posthumous collection from the pages of the LRB

Liz Thomson

“Jenny Diski lies here. But tells the truth over there.” That was Diski’s response to daughter’s Choe’s observation that if she were buried – a friend had just offered her a spot in a plot she’d...

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theartsdesk Q&A: author Jorge Consiglio

Olivia Fletcher

Fate: commonly understood to mean the opposite of chance or, more narrowly speaking, a theological concept. Often synonymous with predetermination – an idea which might be used to justify a set of...

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Luis Sagasti: A Musical Offering review – the sounds of silence

Boyd Tonkin

Luis Sagasti attends closely to the silence that precedes, pauses, and follows music in this mesmeric collage of stories inspired by the sounds that humans – and animals, and stars – create. Like...

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Bette Howland: Blue in Chicago review – the city on trial, with the writer as witness

Daniel Lewis

You feel at times, while reading the collection Blue in Chicago, that Bette Howland might have missed her vocation...

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