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November 3, 2017

After rules changed, in 2014, to include anyone who writes, or has been translated into, English, British writers are getting increasingly upset with the Booker Prize. It has now been awarded, for the second time in a row, to… an American, from Texas.

A regular columnist for the New Yorker, George Saunders – a...

November 1, 2017

The woman who gives voice to Jo Nesbo’s stories in Greek is a poet, with the curriculum vitae and the academic studies of an all-around polymath, and an exuberant personality that’s hard to hide, even if – like me – you’ve never met her in person. In a state of constant leave-taking, due to her “conscious cra...

November 1, 2017

“If you find yourself in London, don’t miss the Hockney exhibition at the Tate.” 

Of course I didn’t. 

Yet the book I picked up at the Tate Shop was not Hockney’s exhibition catalogue, no; it was journalist Geordie Greig’s Breakfast with Lucian, a well-written study of another very important C20 British artist,...

November 1, 2017

Some would say it’s a telltale sign of a schizoid personality; others, that it reflects an everyday, whatever sort of attitude. Still, some would find it entirely normal – and it’s on them I am placing my bets.

I spent my entire summer island-hopping in the company of W. Sommerset Maugham’s Rain (brilliantly –...

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