Books
22 March 2012
The Patagonian Hare: a Memoir Claude Lanzmann Atlantic Books, 628pp, £25 In Britain, Claude Lanzmann is...
Books
05 December 2011
Let's hope Michel Houellebecq's Goncourt-winning novel, The Map and the Territory, stimulates British interest in this...
Culture
05 July 2010
If, as I suspect, the British are divided between those who feel uplifted by the sight of Hazel Blears and otherwise...
UK Politics
28 June 2010
Nowhere man
Culture
30 March 2010
As a journalist in Russia for seven years, Oliver Bullough travelled widely and took a fancy to the Caucasus. The...
UK Politics
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...
Culture
15 October 2009
"I don't write free verse," Robert Frost says in one of his talks to undergraduates collected in this book....
Books
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...
Books
18 June 2009
Following the First World War, fashionable scientific influences on the novel included the theory of entropy, in the...
Books
23 April 2009
Victorian painting can be tone-blind, literal-minded, moralising, coyly erotic, sentimental and of a strangulating...
World Affairs
16 October 2008
Of my four old diplomatic stamping grounds - France, America, Russia and China - the last two were dead countries that...
Human Rights
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...
Books
29 May 2006
A passage in this book describes how Kingsley Amis and John Osborne, both members of the Garrick, avoided each other at...
Books
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...
Books
06 February 2006
''We have yet had no genius in America, with tyrannous eye, which knew the value of our incomparable materials and saw...

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