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The Hunger Angel by Herta Müller: review

15 Nov 2012  |  Ian Thomson  |  Culture

Herta Müller, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2009, is the daughter of a German-Romanian SS veteran. She was born in Romania’s …

Spilt Milk by Chico Buarque: review

04 Oct 2012

Back in the Sixties, Brazil thrilled to a new dance beat called bossa nova. With its languid jazz tones, the music had a hushed intensity and …

Not Me by Joachim Fest: review

01 Aug 2012

According to the Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi, the mentality that judges all Germans as “Nazis” was not so different from the Hitlerite …

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power by Steve Coll

30 July 2012

Bageye at the Wheel by Colin Grant: review

27 Jun 2012

Most of the Jamaicans who migrated to Britain in the Fifties and Sixties considered themselves Britons to the bone. “UK – Right of Abode” …

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo: review

20 Jun 2012

In 1971, at the height of the Indo-Pakistan war, my parents took me with them to Bombay. I was 10 and it was my first trip abroad. My father …

Flight by Adam Thorpe: review

17 May 2012

Unknown to the passengers, most international flights have a corpse on board. Airport cargo handlers refer to human remains as “HUM”. Few …

Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything by Philip Ball: review

02 May 2012

It is only in recent years that science has become, in publishing terms, popular and attractive. But long before Richard Dawkins or Stephen Jay …

Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe: review

04 Apr 2012

In the winter of 1948 Graham Greene visited the “smashed, dreary city of Vienna” to begin work on his screenplay for The Third Man. …

St Patrick’s Day in Montserrat: the Caribbean’s Emerald Isle

16 Mar 2012

…said, languid as you please. Montserrat basics Ian Thomson‘s The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica (Faber and Faber) won the 2010 Ondaatje Prize for a book that best evokes a sense of place, and the Dolman Travel Book Award. Motmot Travel (01327 830918; motmottravel…

Joseph Roth: a Life in Letters ed. by Michael Hofmann: review

07 Feb 2012

…: “Do not deceive yourself. Hell reigns.” We leave Roth, embittered and alcoholic, alone in a Paris hostel, awaiting death. A Life in Letters is a grand tribute to one of the most grievously disappointed literary geniuses of the 20th century. * Ian Thomson’s

 The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa: review

31 May 2012

“Exterminate all the brutes!” exclaims the European trader, Mr Kurtz, in Joseph Co

Roads to Berlin by Cees Nooteboom: review

24 Oct 2012

With its shadowy Harry Palmer atmosphere, pre-glasnost East Berlin was a melancholy place hemmed in by border

The Queen’s Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I by John Cooper: review

11 Oct 2011

Sir Francis Walsingham, the spymaster extraordinaire and priest-hunter at the court of Elizabeth I, was devoted to the defence of the Tudor …

 A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival by Caroline Moorehead: review

06 Sept 2011

When Hitler invaded Paris in June 1940, scuffles left a couple of German soldiers wounded outside the Gare du Nord; otherwise the French …

The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg: review

13 July 2011

On April 19 1943, the Nazis began to liquidate the Warsaw ghetto. It was the day of Passover, when Jewish families celebrated with unleavened …

A Pilgrim in Spain by Christopher Howse: review

24 Jun 2011

In the popular imagination, Spain is a country shadowed by death and religious sufferance. Goya, with his etchings of religious flagellants and …

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