Culture 13 October 2011 In the Critics this week Jeffrey Eugenides on The Marriage Plot, Frieze Week and a new version of the Iliad. Print HTML In this week's issue of the New Statesman, Alice Oswald, who has been fixated by Homer since the age of 16, talks about her own version of the Iliad. She began her ambitious translation of Homer's epic poem a few years ago. It is reviewed in this issue by Tom Holland. Alex Preston pays tribute to his mentor, the critic and poet Tom Paulin and Rafael Behr reviews Sonia Purnell's biography of Boris Johnson. In the Books interview this week, Jonathan Derbyshire talks to American writer Jeffrey Eugenides about his long-awaited third novel The Marriage Plot. Elsewhere, Tim Adams checks out Tate Modern's Gerhard Richter retrospective and our film critic Ryan Gilbey finds Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty to be a "convincing and original debut". Rachel Cooke takes a stand against the self-absorbed celebrities who appear on Who Do You Think You Are? Plus: a poem by Craig Raine, Sophie Elmhirst's Word Games and Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff on Frieze Week. › The fallacy of "readability" Subscribe More Related articles The New Statesman's Fundamenta-list: the zeitgeist, then and now How Jo Brand found comedy in the world's most thankless job: social work Why is Britain falling out of love with Valentine’s Day?