The Royal Swedish Academy on 6 October conferred the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature upon the French writer Annie Ernaux, ‘for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory’. In the brief presentation that followed the announcement, Anders Olsson — Chairman of the Academy’s Nobel […]
For whom was justice served on the 3rd of September, 1952? Not for a soul, Nadifa Mohamed declares in her novel The Fortune Men. Released in 2021, the book focuses on the infamous case surrounding Lily Volpert’s murder in 1952, but in her talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Mohamed also reveals its greater […]
Reading Haruki Murakami for the first time, I was surprised by the transparency of his writing. With my ungrounded foundation of beliefs surrounding Japanese literary culture, I had imagined the novel to whisk me away on a journey of ambiguous poetic language, alien proverbs and incredible metaphorical depths. Instead, I quickly realised that Murakami’s first […]
Walk into a bookshop and take a step; you’re likely to have walked past at least three re-tellings, one of them probably fairy tale based. Society appears bereft of original ideas. That’s not to suggest that it is impossible to write a good re-telling; there are just certain elements that need to be present for it […]
Reconciling what I believe to be one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century with his unforgivable views has not been easy for me. Louis-Ferdinand Céline, the famed French novelist, was also an anti-Semite. His 1932 novel Journey to the End of the Night (Voyage au bout de la nuit) avoids the polemical stance he […]
The importance of storytelling is often dismissed in this day and age. We are keen to find out information, to be kept up to date with worldly happenings and current theories, but the way in which we learn of such occurrences is regularly deemed irrelevant. However, watching Matthew Spangler’s adaptations of The Kite Runner, the […]
Like many of Margaret Atwood’s novels, The Heart Goes Last is slightly disturbing – but for good intent. It forces readers to think about the role sex plays in modern society and how that role changes when considering the pervasive nature of technology. Atwood’s protagonists, Charmaine and Stan, are two of your every-day Americans, down […]
The novel is entirely grounded in a realistic depiction of Glaswegian gang culture.