Clues, maps and unlikely disguises: all narrated in majestic Ondaatjean style.
Milkman is both universal and a distinctly Irish novel, a dark satire with a twist of Beckett.
Ten years on, the aftershocks of the crash threaten the very notion of the nation state.
Edugyan shows there is more to bondage than physical captivity.
The prose is so clear that it feels less like writing and more like a surrendering to memory itself.
All would agree that when children lose their parents it is tragic, yet orphans have so often been neglected and abused.
Varlam Shalamov turned 15 years in the Gulag into fiction of extraordinary daring. His stories are timely reminders of the human cost of communism.
Not since Conrad had a novelist so completely absorbed himself in the shifting complexities of his age, or written more sharply about the dark places of the world.
Diaries of the Beatles’ press agent illustrate his proximity to the cultural tremors of that extraordinary decade.
Her 22nd novel, Clock Dance is neither Tyler’s best work nor her worst.
With admirers including Zadie Smith, Drnaso’s uniformly bleak tale is the first comic to be longlisted for the Man Booker prize.