The Widmer uncertainty principle (Notebook) , November 2012, 81
On Urs Widmer and a trio of his novels.
Digression as progress (Books) , March 2010, 61
A review of Poison, Shadow & Farewell by Javier Marías.
An affair to remember (Books) , April 2009, 68
A review of Germaine de Staël & Benjamin Constant: A Dual Biography, by Renee Winegarten (Yale University Press).
Evil's supreme logic (Books) , May 2008, 88
On Detective Story by Imre Kertész.
Pulled punches (Books) , December 2007, 78
On Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005 by J. M. Coetzee.
Boy George (Books) , May 2005, 81
A review of George Sand, by Elizabeth Harlan.
Literature v. trivia (Books) , September 2004, 71
A review of Thank You for Not Reading: Essays on Literary Trivia, by Dubravka Ugresic, translated by Celia Hawkesworth & Damion Searles.
The quiet German? (Books) , March 2004, 77
A review of A Sad Affair, translated by Michael Hoffman.
Hope without feathers (Books) , November 2003, 73
A brighter, clearer light (Books) , October 2002, 70
A review of The Author of Himself: The Life of Marcel Reich-Ranicki, by Marcel Reich-Ranicki, translated by Barbara Bray.
Eyes wide open (Books) , May 2002, 80
A review of Night Games and Other Stories and Novellas, by Arthur Schnitzler, translated by Margret Schaefer.
W.G. Sebald: the past is another country (Books) , December 2001, 85
A consideration of W. G. Sebald upon the publication of Austerlitz.
Between head & heart: Penelope Fitzgerald's novels (Features) , March 2000, 29
Postwar solipsisms (Books) , December 1997, 74
Reviews of The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, translated by Caro Brown Janeway & Last Trolley from Beethovenstraat by Grete Weil, translated by John Barret
What the devil said (Books) , May 1996, 68
Shorter notice (Books) , April 1994, 78
Of Strolls with Pushkin by Andrei Sinyavsky.
Seasons of belief (Books) , April 1993, 74
A review of What Remains & The Author’s Dimension by Christa Wolf.
Shorter notice (Books) , October 1992, 76
Of Norman Manea's On Clowns & October, Eight O'Clock.
Shorter notice (Books) , April 1992, 75
Of John Matthias's Reading Old Friends.
A poet and particularist (Books) , November 1991, 73
A review of On the Look-out by C.H. Sisson.