Not just remembrance
On Nightmare in Berlin by Hans Fallada, Theory of Shadows by Paolo Maurensig, A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré & The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Koreaby Bandi.
“The Idiot” savant
On Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Idiot.
A cycle of madness
A new look at Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman.
Doubling in Dublin
On The Real People of Joyce’s Ulysses by Vivien Igoe.
“The Backwash of War” at 100
On the one-hundredth anniversary of the World War I novel.
The goulash archipelago
On Miklós Bánffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy, and the character of Central Europe.
Fear & loathing in Algeria
On a novelization of the life and death of Communist dissident Fernand Iveton.
Mixing memory & desire
On Patrick Modiano’s deliberate obscurantism.
The disease of theory:
“Crime & Punishment” at 150
On theory’s deleterious effects in Crime and Punishment.