Ideas
25 April 2013
AS Byatt on the fantasy author.
23 June 2011
When he woke, the room was full of light.It was a white room. The blinds were white but he never closed them, because...
Books
24 April 2006
Philip Roth is the great recorder of Darwinian Man - "unaccommodated man", who is no more than "a poor, bare, forked...
Ideas
01 December 2003
Balzac isn't read and studied much in Anglo-Saxon cultures, and the French themselves moved away from him through...
Books
16 December 2002
The relations between literature, literary criticism and structures of belief have always been both fiery and dubious....
Books
16 September 2002
After finishing the fifth volume of Joseph Frank's wonderful biography, I tried to put together the idea I had of...
Culture
03 December 2001
Portraits in words and portraits in paint are opposites, rather than metaphors for each other. A painted portrait is an...
Food and Drink
15 October 2001
W G Sebald's narratives are both old and new, in form and subject matter. They are characteristically modern in that...
Culture
11 September 2000
Muriel Spark has always specialised in frauds, confidence tricksters, major and minor demons and deceivers. Her...
Culture
10 April 2000
If you ask a City financier - or a diplomat, or a journalist, or a writer, or a student - what he is reading just now,...