The Otago (1884).
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Gail Jones has written a richly evocative novel that warrants attention, both for its fascinating subject-matter and for its outstanding writerly qualities.
Wassily Kandinsky – Composition 8 (1923).
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Yevgeny Zamyatin was a born loner and instinctive satirist, whose usual response to collective enthusiasm was to dissent.
Scene from The Zone of Interest, directed by Jonathan Glazer.
In The Zone of Interest, Martin Amis represents our familiar world from a radically unfamiliar angle.
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Technically, ChatGPT can do (some of) the work of a human editor. But an experiment comparing three separate human edits of a literary short story to edits by ChatGPT exposes AI’s serious limitations.
Fiction offers precious and sobering insights into the impact of alcohol in the lives of women and children.
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The fiction of J.M. Coetzee is always formally daring, brave in its social critique and its refusal to play by the rules.
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky – Vasily Perov (1872).
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Dostoevsky’s sudden recovery from his gambling mania is an example of how a chance happening can change everything
A deep philosophical exploration of the subjective nature of historical knowledge and memory runs through Anne Michaels smart and poignant new novel.
Mosaic, al-Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem.
Politica is set in an unnamed town where past is ever present, and the present is barely tolerable in the absence of a hopeful future.
Five recent novels about the Antarctic make for cool reading on a hot summer day.
In her prose and her poetry, Sara M. Saleh renders unique the ways people resist, transcend, adapt, make the best of things, compromise, endure, and lose hope and faith.
Research suggests the act of creative writing can have therapeutic benefits.
A scene from Steven Spielberg’s 1975 movie, Jaws.
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Peter Benchley’s classic 1974 ‘man versus beast’ blockbuster novel doubled as a scathing critique of 1970s America. Spielberg’s film made its characters likeable – and its tone into a ‘grand adventure’.
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Maggie O'Farrell’s homage to The Yellow Wallpaper inhabits a ‘difficult’ young woman who survives tragedy in colonial India and is incarcerated by her family for refusing gender and social norms.
Karl Ove Knausgaard.
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The Wolves of Eternity is remarkable – and deliberately challenging. Ranging across time and space, it muses on thinking trees, Putin’s Moscow, a Norwegian heatwave and the undead.
From Welcome to the Hyunam-Dong Bookshop, to The Door-to-Door Bookstore, a variety of new novels present bookselling as a source of solace, meaning and escape. What’s going on here?
Erika Alexander is Coraline and Jeffrey Wright is Monk in ‘American Fiction.’
In this episode, Vinita sits down with two experts to break down the many layers — and Black stereotypes — in the much anticipated new film, ‘American Fiction.’
What does capitalism do to our ability to connect with other people? Lydia Davis’ stories suggest it hollows out our words – but that the exaltation of the ordinary can connect us.
A major new history of the Australian novel is shaped by the recent renaissance in Indigenous writing, but there are some notable omissions.
Bernice Rubens was born in a working class area of Cardiff.
Bernice Rubens won the 1970 Booker prize for her novel, The Elected Member, and is the only Welsh person to have ever won the prize.