Category: Literature

Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson 0

Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson

★★★☆☆ Howard Jacobson’s Shylock Is My Name is the second installment of Hogarth Shakespeare’s series of plays retold by contemporary authors and provides the series with an already well-needed expansion. Jacobson proves that one...

The Door by Magda Szabo 2

The Door by Magda Szabo

★★★★★ The shimmering, haunting brilliance of Magda Szabo’s The Door binds like a spell. This is a book to thrust into the hands of everyone you know and love and to clam up trying...

Beatlebone by Kevin Barry 0

Beatlebone by Kevin Barry

★★★☆☆ Imagine. It’s 1978, and John Lennon has left New York, left Yoko Ono and their young son Sean (to whom Lennon has been playing stay-at-home dad), and split for Ireland, “in its drizzle...

The Blizzard by Vladimir Sorokin 0

The Blizzard by Vladimir Sorokin

★★☆☆☆ Vladimir Sorokin’s The Blizzard is a strange and slight diversion meant to recalibrate a reader’s literary expectations. The novel opens somewhere in the realm of a Doctor Zhivago snowstorm: Doctor Platon Ilich needs...

Numero Zero by Umberto Eco 0

Numero Zero by Umberto Eco

★★☆☆☆ In Umberto Eco’s slight new novel Numero Zero, a struggling writer named Dottor Colonna agrees to ghostwrite a memoir for Simei, the future head of Domani, a yet-to-be-published newspaper. Simei’s intentions with Domani...