In the Critics this week

Fiction from Jackie Kay, Simon Kuper on Kevin McCarra, and the books interview with Etgar Keret.

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In the Critics section of this week's New Statesman, Jackie Kay explores the traumas of dementia in the short story Mind Away. Taken from her new collection Reality Reality, the Glaswegian writer blends everyday realities with the illusory power of the mind in a touching tale of loss: "My mother was laughing at the memory of herself when her hair was darker and her teeth her own and her mind, her mind agile, quick as a young hare running over a field of bluebells".

Sports writer Simon Kuper digests Kevin McCarra's take on the history of the Glaswegian game in Celtic: A Biography in Nine Lives. Though Kuper praises McCarra as a "fine journalist and knowledgeable football fan", he argues that he "seems overwhelmed by the task of structuring a book and this one at times seems to have no organisation at all".

In the books interview, Sophie Elmhirst talks to Etgar Keret ahead of the release of his latest work, Suddenly, a Knock On the Door. The Israeli writer talks about the role of literature in his home country: "The best thing about Israel is that it's a country based on the novel. It's almost like a Harry Potter movie. The last thing that people want is for you to go and deconstruct the already broken world."

Other book reviews featured in this week's edition: Kasia Boddy on The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, etc by Jonathan Lethem; Samira Shackle on Moby-Duck: the True Story of 28,000 Bath Toys Lost at Sea by Donovan Hohn; George Walden on The Patagonian Hare: a Memoir by Claude Lanzmann; David Marquand on Capitalist Revolutionary: John Maynard Keynes by Roger E Backhouse and Bradley W Bateman, and Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics by Nicholas Wapshott.

Elsewhere in the Critics: Ryan Gilbey reviews the Turkish film One Upon a Time in Anatolia; Rachel Cooke discusses the latest addition to middle-of-the-road TV drama, ITV 1's Love Life; and Sophie Elmhirst talks to director Simon McBurney about the challenges of adapting Bulgakov for his new Barbican production, The Master and Margarita. Plus: Will Self discuss lunch, Madonna, and Timber Just-in-Lake in Real Meals.

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