22 March 2012
The Patagonian Hare: a Memoir Claude Lanzmann Atlantic Books, 628pp, £25 In Britain, Claude Lanzmann is...
05 December 2011
Let's hope Michel Houellebecq's Goncourt-winning novel, The Map and the Territory, stimulates British interest in this...
05 July 2010
If, as I suspect, the British are divided between those who feel uplifted by the sight of Hazel Blears and otherwise...
28 June 2010
30 March 2010
As a journalist in Russia for seven years, Oliver Bullough travelled widely and took a fancy to the Caucasus. The...
26 February 2010
I have a vision of Britain: not mine, I hasten to add, but one that seems to be catching on in Tory circles, where the...
15 October 2009
"I don't write free verse," Robert Frost says in one of his talks to undergraduates collected in this book....
13 August 2009
When Jesus and Saint Peter play golf, the schoolboy joke goes, Saint Peter tees off nicely, but then Jesus's ball soars...
18 June 2009
Following the First World War, fashionable scientific influences on the novel included the theory of entropy, in the...
23 April 2009
Victorian painting can be tone-blind, literal-minded, moralising, coyly erotic, sentimental and of a strangulating...
16 October 2008
Of my four old diplomatic stamping grounds - France, America, Russia and China - the last two were dead countries that...
12 June 2008
Watching the 84-year-old Robert Mugabe mince into a meeting of the UN food summit in Italy on television last week, I...
29 May 2006
A passage in this book describes how Kingsley Amis and John Osborne, both members of the Garrick, avoided each other at...
American beauty. John Updike, whose second love was painting, sees his nation's art as a spiritual struggle on a grand scale. George Walden argues that we must keep its achievements in perspective
06 March 2006
The first thing to say about Updike on art is that, now art history has become the dustbin of ideologies and criticism...
An American in a hurry. Mark Twain was in permanent overdrive, always searching for his next big break. George Walden looks back on a restless genius whose life embodied that of the country he came from
06 February 2006
''We have yet had no genius in America, with tyrannous eye, which knew the value of our incomparable materials and saw...