Ben Mauk on nationalism and xenophobia in Poland.
‘My empathy may become a vehicle of insight for me and therefore help me to help you or it may debilitate me altogether, make me so sad I am no good to you whatsoever.’
We celebrate some of the remarkable people who died in 2016
‘In my imagination I have been to many villages and cities in the world.’
The story of two women fleeing Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria.
‘A scene in which nothing is ostensibly happening will absorb me; so will a paragraph that contains no vital piece of information.’
Karan Mahajan visits Lexington, Virginia – a centre of the Confederary – in the wake of the far-right rally in Charlottesville.
‘I can almost believe in the permanence of these warm days, this unchanging child whose hand fits mine. But I can feel the cold and the darkness coming.’
‘The interiority that we keep speaking of in fiction is built on pain’
A production company is looking for contestants to participate in a new TV show, modelled on The Apprentice. They are seeking unpublished writers who have completed a novel.
The fight-to-the-literary-death that is the Man Booker continues – six authors remain in the race.
‘What sets Hoffmann’s work apart is the meeting of the joint impulses of Enlightenment and Romantic thought’
Ingrid Persaud on why Felipe Alfau’s Locos is the best book of 1936.
Lisa Taddeo on why Robert Coover’s Pricksongs & Descants is the best book of 1969.
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