Throughout several encounters with the late great novelist, I saw him switch between scabrous provocateur and professorial literary grandee.
Putin paints Russia as the underdog to keep his citizens, like those of Oceania in Nineteen Eighty-Four, in a permanent sense of crisis.
Wolfe the novelist fought his corner against the “two old piles of bones” – Mailer and Updike – but it was his non-fiction that changed the way we read.
The novel would make a great Netflix series, a murky pre-Prohibition thriller poised between LA Confidential and True Detective.
Am I dreaming, though?
For 15 years he was a French diplomat, for ten a jet-setting celebrity spouse – writing a significant French oeuvre along the way
In the age of Putin and Assad, British politics could learn a lesson from Liverpool.
The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook re-imagines the Renaissance doctor, astrologer, and mathematician Girolamo Cardano as an angel guiding the reader.
Comics were, until recently, deemed a marginal medium, at least in the sense that they were critically neglected. That’s what made them so free.
The fundamentals of Western politics are under threat. So what’s next?
In a way, Lindgren is a metaphor for Sweden itself.