20 March 2014
Russia’s invasion of Crimea.
11 March 2014
Rebirth of a nation.
23 January 2006
The novels of Ismail Kadare, first winner of the Man Booker International Prize for fiction, are preoccupied by...
10 May 2004
The concept of the "Turkish novel", like the Moroccan or the Egyptian novel, is one we accept without question, though...
05 April 2004
A couple of years ago, I flew to Kiev with my Ukrainian wife and our 18-month-old son. Arriving at Borispol...
16 June 2003
Fred, the boxer and central figure in The Half Brother, was born after his mother was raped in the drying loft of her...
21 April 2003
I have never understood the fanatical intensity of critical admiration for the novels of W G Sebald. A fortnight ago I...
31 March 2003
A couple of years ago, I found myself in the northern Serbian town of Subotica. I had travelled north by train from...
10 March 2003
Throughout February, Quentin Skinner, regius professor of modern history at Cambridge, delivered the Ford's Lectures in...
03 February 2003
At about 3am on 15 July 1904, in the sunny spa of Badenweiler, south Germany, Anton Chekhov died of advanced...
16 December 2002
If Karl Marx and Adam Smith were right to believe that science is not a pure enterprise but the reflection of a society...
30 September 2002
When Pushkin died, from a pistol wound in 1837, he was the most famous man in Russia after the tsar. Every sleigh...
03 June 2002
In 1928, Maxim Gorky named Isaac Babel as "the great hope of Russian literature". Eleven years later, in 1939, during...
Food and Drink
21 January 2002
Even in Italy, according to the sage of Trieste, Claudio Magris, Italo Svevo is still little known. I have often seen...
05 November 2001
Donetsk, Ukraine. There is a saying in post-Soviet Ukraine that until Ukrainians learn where to put the bread plate,...