Translated by Carlos Rojas, this book is stark, powerful and compelling
Director admits show may still go ahead on Showtime without him
The doodle itself is aptly bizarre
A look at the British scientist whose use of cyanotypes in botanical books was a first for scientific publishing, and for photography
I became so infuriated with Ben Lerner's debut novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, that on finishing it I decided to avoid male writers completely, and spent four months reading women.
Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!
Uncertain Glory is a Stendhalian epic set during the Spanish civil war and written in Catalan by Joan Sales, who fought on the republican side
Modiano is as accessible as he is engrossing
Norwegian ethnographer and explorer was born on this day in 1914
Ismail Kadare made his name as a forceful example of how to function as a writer under late communism. He trod a delicate line between censorship and lies by critiquing the Stalinism of Enver Hoxha's Albania through fable, allegory and historical transposition, sometimes throwing the dictator a bone, and escaping dissident status by virtue of his international success.
Madga Szabó was one of Hungary's pre-eminent novelists, suppressed during the Stalinist years, but hugely popular once the stranglehold of Socialist Realism had been relaxed in the late 1950s. Szabó is best known in translation for her 1987 novel The Door, which has now been followed with this, originally published in 1963 under the title Pilátus, which for the life of me I can't parse. Is it something to do with Pontius Pilate: washing your hands of guilt? Corrupt authority?
A resonant and timely 'procedural thriller' on a fictional invasion by North Korea
Much-loved illustrator and author, who died last year, honoured with Doodle
This hallucinatory historical novel brings 17th-century Florence to life – despite a macabre plot full of life-like figures and murder victims