The idea of The Great American Novel feels like an albatross around the neck of that country’s literature. Sooner or later every white middle-class male writer with any kind of reputation feels obliged to have a stab at it, usually with limited success. Eventually they think it’s time to pack away all the fun stuff like storytelling, energy and plot, and make some big state-of-the-nation address, telling people exactly how things stand in the good ol’ US of A. Interestingly, America’s women writers don’t tend to feel the obligation to grandstand so strongly, and their novels are usually all the better for that.
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Sunday 06 October 2013
Thursday 26 September 2013
The Labour Party Conference has been another damp squib, and Ed Miliband risks losing a generation of voters
Monday 23 September 2013
Our Man in Brighton
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Erna Solberg, who is poised to become Prime Minister after the Labour premier conceded defeat in an election, faces tough negotiations with three other right-wing parties to form a government.
Monday 09 September 2013
The squalor unfolds before us like a wound, the stage stripped back and opened up to the red brick and rusted heating duct bones of the backstage area, the ten-strong ensemble cavorting around the fringes of the action at all times, populating the dive bars and crumbling tenements of 19 century St Petersburg with life and music and threat. At the heart of it all waits destitute former law student Raskolnikov, seemingly without hope or options as he ponders killing his merciless pawnbroker on the other side of the damp-flaked door before him.
Friday 06 September 2013
Ofcom today said it is in contact with German authorities as it investigates whether Kiss FM owner Bauer is a “fit and proper” broadcaster, after complaints that it publishes a magazine that is said to glorify German Second World War soldiers.
Wednesday 04 September 2013
One side of François Hollande explains the other
Syria crisis: Assad interview has increased my determination, says France President François Hollande
Tuesday 03 September 2013
French President infuriated by 'threats' from Syrian leader - but he may follow Obama's example and wait for a vote
Monday 02 September 2013
President François Hollande came under pressure yesterday to follow Barack Obama and David Cameron and allow a French parliamentary vote on punitive air strikes on Syria.
Sunday 25 August 2013
Olli Rehn urges cuts to spending as François Hollande seeks to reduce deficit
Saturday 17 August 2013
A love letter to a great manager, an elegy to the beautiful game
Tuesday 13 August 2013
A former director of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party has admitted to a judge that he was paid out of a slush fund, fuelling opposition demands for a full parliamentary probe into the scandal that has rocked a government reeling from a persistent economic crisis.
Tuesday 06 August 2013
London Mayor Boris Johnson put one over on the French President François Hollande yesterday as France’s biggest oil company said it would move its finance department from Paris to London.
Sunday 04 August 2013
Out of America: The CIA whistleblower struck a blow for us all, but his 1970s predecessor showed how to win
Friday 02 August 2013
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
- 1 Double chins could be 'cured' without surgery or dieting using new injection
- 2 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 3 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 4 Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders