Even among the barely appropriate German Romantics, Hoffmann was the bad fairy at the feast. But his Nussknacker und Mauskönig contained many surprises.
The poet discusses film noir, the lost heart of Los Angeles, and his Goldsmith Prize-shortlisted verse novel The Long Take.
Guy Gunaratne on his Goldsmiths Prize-shortlisted novel In Our Mad And Furious City, “authenticity” in fiction, and why you can’t write about London today without understanding how the city sounds.
Unlike some, the author’s prejudice seems not to seep into his books. But that doesn’t mean we should view his art entirely separately from his views.
In his new book, the New Statesman editor, Jason Cowley, will take a close look at the key news stories of the past 15 years to uncover how we got here and where we might be heading.
If we no longer seek virtue and salvation, we should blame the triumvirate of Machiavelli, Hobbes and Adam Smith.
It benefits the American right to characterise campus culture wars as debates over “free speech”, when often they are not.
Kenneth Grahame charmed readers with The Wind in the Willows – but his personal life left tragedy in its wake.
In the #MeToo era, a new biography examines the Indian leader’s strange relationships with women.
The novel is not a retelling of that great old tale, but rather a playful reconsideration, an invitation to look at its characters from a different perspective.
Gabriel Josipovici on his Goldsmiths-shortlised novel The Cemetery in Barnes, agendas in fiction, and whether literary prizes are a force for good.