22 August 2005
Benjamin Markovits's acclaimed first novel, The Syme Papers, is an ambitious book about ambition itself, ranging across...
13 June 2005
Presumably, there are among Doris Lessing's readers those who seek out first and most excitedly her science fiction....
Another country. Anita Desai's new novel contains many fine descriptions of nature, but the characters are of a ghostly thinness, writes Claire Messud
06 September 2004
Anita Desai is justifiably renowned for her keen, subtle eye and her calmly elegant prose. She is also a mistress of...
17 May 2004
The idea behind A Chance Meeting is splendid: to recreate, through snapshot vignettes, relationships between American...
Love, again. It might not be clear what we are to make of the artificiality of Doris Lessing's stories, but they convey greater human truths, writes Claire Messud
08 December 2003
The four long stories in Doris Lessing's new collection are linked by their breadth - each spans many years - and a...
03 February 2003
In the days following 9/11, I, a resident of the United States, received numerous e-mails from well-wishers, chief...