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In The Critics this week

Joanna Newsom, Arthur Koestler and Arshile Gorky.

This week, Geoffrey Wheatcroft reviews Michael Scammell's biography of Arthur Koestler, Leo Robson is delighted by Peter Carey's new novel, and Jude Rogers hails Joanna Newsom, with her idiosyncratic harp-driven music, as "a Joni Mitchell for the 21st century".

Elsewhere, Sue Hubbard takes a look at the Arshile Gorky retrospective at Tate Modern, Radio 3's Suzy Klein reviews a former rock critic's book on Bach, and Sarah Churchwell praises Lyndall Gordon's biography of Emily Dickinson.

Plus, there are the usual columns from our award-winning critics: Ryan Gilbey (on a political thriller from Argentina), Rachel Cooke (on the BBC's Generation Jihad ), Antonia Quirke (on the demise of BBC 6 Music) and Will Self (on conspiracy theorists).

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