Portrait of W G Sebald.
W G Sebald's apocalyptic vision: The world will end in 2013
By Isabel Sutton - 04 June 9:00

Radio producer and journalist Isabel Sutton travelled to Germany to talk about W G Sebald with his old friend and fellow academic Professor Rüdiger Görner. She meets him in the same hotel bar where he and Sebald had lunched together many years before.

New Statesman
New Statesman writers appear at Stoke Newington Literary Festival
By new-statesman - 03 June 16:35

From Laurie Penny on protest to Helen Lewis on videogames, via Daniel Trilling on the far right, join NS staff and contributors at the North London festival.

New Statesman
NS Recommends: Victor Martinovich, William G Bowen and Sam Byers
By Philip Maughan - 31 May 12:24

Love in a tyrannous climate, the power of MOOCs and a case of diseased cattle.

Woodland near Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.
Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood and Dan Richards: Where does all this rhapsodising over badgers and briar get us?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 30 May 12:39

Since Roger Deakin and Robert Macfarlane's success, it is now even possible to take an MA in “wild writing” at the University of Essex. Along with Mumford & Sons, The Great British Bake Off and real-ale microbreweries in Shoreditch, it feels like a sympto

In Adonis's blow-by-blow account, the most striking thing is the extent to which
5 Days In May by Andrew Adonis: A raw battle for power
By George Eaton - 30 May 12:32

Andrew Adonis, one of the five Labour figures present throughout the ill-fated talks with the Lib Dems, has written a West Wing-style thriller that recreates what he calls “a raw battle for power to decide who would govern and which big policies would win

The Last Train to Zona Verde by Paul Theroux: How not to write about Africa
By Hedley Twidle - 30 May 10:59

A decade after his last African travelogue, Dark Star Safari, Paul Theroux picks up where he left off. “What am I doing here?” begins to appear as a refrain. I began asking it, too: “What are you doing here, Paul? Why are you making me rehearse this done

All That Is by James Salter: Deep seriousness and grammar-defiant swooning
By Leo Robson - 30 May 8:13

Salter appears to feel no terror at boundlessness and no need to impose his own geometry. What he is more eager to impose – or to let flourish – is a particular way of seeing. Among recent American novels, <em>All That Is</em> has few equals on this score

Grant Morrison's Zenith returning to print in December
By Alex Hern - 29 May 12:02

Lost classic being reprinted in a limited run of 1000 copies.

Wu Ming.
Wu Ming: A band of militant storytellers
By Celluloid Liberation Front - 29 May 11:12

The Celluloid Liberation Front speak to the Italian literary collective Wu Ming, whose work draws readers in to exchange, sharing and confrontation.

The Philosopher, the Priest and the Painter by Stephen Nadler: Descartes goes Dutch
By Colin MacCabe - 29 May 8:16

An admirable portrait of Descartes’s life in the Netherlands, but one which gives no sense of the strangeness of Descartes’s vision.

James Salter has published his sixth novel, aged 87.
Reviews round-up
By Critic - 28 May 15:50

The critics' verdicts on James Salter, George Monbiot and David Goodhart.

Ramsey MacDonald.
Britain’s First Labour Government by John Shepherd and Keith Laybourn: Ghetto politics
By Vernon Bogdanor - 28 May 12:56

The first Labour government was formed in January 1924 after the only real threeparty election in Britain in the 20th century. It is a story which resonates: showing how dangerous it is to retreat into a ghetto, isolated from other forces on the left.

Penury, swindlers and the American way: the capitalist legacy of superheroes
By Laura Sneddon - 26 May 13:13

As a pay dispute threatens the superhero stranglehold on box office takings, it’s a timely reminder that these capitalist heroes have long trampled upon the artists who brought them to life, writes Laura Sneddon.

Paul Auster.
Letters by Paul Auster and J M Coetzee: “Do things like this happen to you, or am I the only one?”
By Olivia Laing - 24 May 12:33

In 2008 J M Coetzee wrote to Paul Auster suggesting they begin an exchange by mail and, “God willing, strike sparks off each other”. Did they manage it?

The argument that growth, liberty and social justice require a fundamental refor
Progressive Capitalism by David Sainsbury: A new centre ground is being forged
By Andrew Adonis - 24 May 11:35

This book is equally important for what it says and for who is saying it. A decade ago, this prospectus would have seen its author branded “Red Sainsbury”. Now it is sensible and mainstream.

Pope Francis.
On Heaven and Earth by Pope Francis and Abraham Skorka: Will the Church become just another charity?
By John Cornwell - 24 May 9:11

Vatican watchers will find strong clues about the direction of Pope Francis in On Heaven and Earth: a series of conversations Bergoglio held with Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires.

New Statesman
A Marvel comic shows the true face of Britain
By Alex Hern - 23 May 15:49

Faiza Hussein is the new Captain Britain.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's new Gatsby film.
Ignore all The Great Gatsby hype, and read Fitzgerald’s wonderful essays instead
By Ed Smith - 23 May 14:54

The prose shines more brightly than any party on Long Island.

Flanery’s American city – Omaha, Nebraska, in all but name – is a grim, featurel
Fallen Land by Patrick Flanery: A story impaled by its own moral
By Leo Robson - 23 May 11:28

It’s as a portrait of the age that this novel feels most overdone. Flanery’s American city – Omaha, Nebraska, in all but name – is a grim, featureless place, and on the way to becoming fully privatised.

Reviewed: Letters by Kurt Vonnegut
By Daniel Swift - 16 May 10:54

Made in Dresden.

The Anatomy of Violence by Adrian Raine: Natural born killers?
By David Shariatmadari - 15 May 12:45

Adrian Raine has a low resting heart rate, a highly active prefrontal cortex and a fissure down the centre of his tongue. Each of these can be risk factors for antisocial behaviour and violence. Should David Shariatmadari be worried about reviewing his bo

Tash Aw.
Tash Aw: "It's a very complex form of bigotry"
By Philip Maughan - 10 May 15:01

The Malaysian novelist on fiction, immigration and the Shanghainese.

It on a winter's night a traveller.
What we learn when we read Italo Calvino’s letters
By Michael Wood - 10 May 10:39

The life and death of the author.

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