From The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, to The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray
Elaine Feinstein celebrates the writers and translators she has known in her latest collection Portraits (Carcanet £9.99). The bulk of the poems are elegies: “April Fool’s Day” for the First World War poet Isaac Rosenberg, referencing the “cosmopolitan rat” of his best-known poem, “Break of Day in the Trenches”.
I’ve long been a big fan of Steven Pinker. His book The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best and most interesting book I read in 2011. In 2015, he has treated us to his thoughts on how to be a good writer, in The Sense of Style. Unlike most style manuals, which tend to be written by pompous pedants who think the language should have been fossilised in about 1900, this book is informed by genuine expertise – Pinker is a cognitive scientist and linguist, able to explain Chomskyian linguistics so that laypeople can understand, with a far deeper knowledge of grammar than the self-styled “language mavens”.
Clarice Lispector was also a literary Modernist, an innovator who conjured glittering surfaces and dark psychological depths. Her biographer, Gregory Brabassa, said she looked like Marlene Dietrich and wrote like Virginia Woolf
Geling Yan explores a period of Chinese/Japanese history which is little-known in the West
An eclectic selection that focuses on topics like understanding your identity, shaping your worldview, and laying the foundation for a fulfilling career
First novel from former film editor who worked on 'The Talented Mr Ripley' among 20 nominees across five categories
'In other European countries my books are seen as dispatches from Britain, with how current politics is impacting on the country'
A new anthology lifts the lid on the private life of a man who took a vow of chastity in his 30s
New novel has not been a success with the critics
Michael Derrick Hudson is using the pen name 'Yi-Fen Chou' to build a literary career
From Harper Lee to Hilary Mantel, and poetry to parallel universes, here’s a holiday library of unmissable books chosen by authors, critics, publishers and more
Does success in one genre guarantee it in another?
Suspect stabbed his friend to death after victim insisted prose was superior as literary genre
In interviews published today, Trierweiler says she “fell from a skyscraper” when she learned that Hollande was having an affair with an actress
Jose Emilio Pacheco was considered one of the finest writers in the Spanish language, winning the Cervantes Prize for Literature in 2009, the highest award for writers in what is the native language of more than 300 million people. The award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture was presented at the University of Alcala by Spain's King Juan Carlos. In his later years Pacheco became visiting Professor of Literature at the University of Essex.