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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Wednesday 13 February 2013
A deputy police and crime commissioner has resigned after a row sparked when she retweeted a quote by Hitler.
Friday 08 February 2013
Too often commentators do not weigh the human cost of Western inaction
Monday 04 February 2013
Spain's opposition Socialist Party called yesterday for the resignation of the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, over a corruption scandal as a poll showed the lowest support on record for his centre-right People's Party (PP).
'France is totally bankrupt': French jobs minister Michel Sapin embarrasses Francois Hollande with shocking statement on state of the country's economy
Tuesday 29 January 2013
Unexpected news came during a radio interview yesterday and calls into further question Hollande's controversial 'tax and spend' policies
Friday 18 January 2013
Tories were boosted by a rare council by-election gain from Labour in the first contests of the new year.
Tuesday 15 January 2013
Joseph Hall was just 10 years-old when he shot and killed his white supremacist father
Friday 11 January 2013
Trotskyist group exonerated official because it doesn’t believe in ‘bourgeois court system’ to deliver justice
Wednesday 09 January 2013
The Supreme Court of Venezuela announced tonight that a government decision to postpone the inauguration of Hugo Chavez for a fourth term as President was legal and that his swearing-in could take place later.
Tuesday 08 January 2013
The French minister responsible for enforcing new taxes on the rich is to be investigated for tax evasion.
Pope: gay marriage threatens foundations of family life and destroys the 'very essence of the human creature'
Friday 21 December 2012
Pope Benedict has used the beginning of the Christmas period to ramp up his assault on gay marriage, stating that the very foundations of the family were threatened by same sex partnerships.
Wednesday 19 December 2012
Julie Waterson, who has died after a long and painful fight against cancer, was an outstanding representative of a generation of fine and dedicated activists who became revolutionary socialists in the late 1970s. Inspired by the game-changing impact of 1968, which brought together a strong anti-Stalinism with a revived workers' movement across Europe, she quickly became a resolute and utterly committed fighter for her class.
'Europe isn't à la carte' – Hollande sounds warning to dent Cameron hopes for repatriation of powers
Saturday 15 December 2012
Prime Minister met with strong French objections over campaign to win new deal on opt-outs
Sunday 09 December 2012
Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez, was due to return to Cuba today for more surgery after a recurrence of cancer led him to name a successor for the first time, in a sign the disease may force an end to his 14-year rule.
Monday 03 December 2012
After two weeks of fraternal menaces, insults and accusations, peace appears to be breaking out on the French centre-right.
Tuesday 27 November 2012
The trial of Maria Afiuni, who has been in detention for three years, could begin today
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street