After a bestselling debut novel and an emotionally tumultuous lawsuit, the author returns with Daddy, a story collection.
The author of ‘Cloud Atlas’ has a new rock ‘n’ roll novel—and a love of intricate universe-building.
A review of Sally Rooney’s Normal People
With essays that span the devastating effects of financial inequality and globalization and a new novel on climate change disaster, John Lanchester is becoming the central voice for the end of the world. But such serious business also requires a kind of trickery. It was exceptionally crowded for a weekday afternoon at the British Library as John Lanchester peered into a vitrine containing a curious jewel. It was the final weeks of a sold-out exhibition on Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, and although the show included the oldest surviving copy of the poem Beowulf, the oldest known Latin Bible, and a variety of other literary treasures, these weren’t what the author was most interested in. Instead, Lanchester contemplated a bejeweled golden reading pointer. In the ninth century, its creator, King Alfred, had sixty of them made to accompany copies of his own translation into Old English of a Latin papal text — a kind of premodern marketing campaign. Its most interesting feature is its promotional self-awareness; Lanchester pointed to an inscription on the jewel that read, AELFRED MEC HEHT GEWYRCAN — “Alfred …
Dystopian fiction—especially that written by women with female protagonists—is closer to reality than ever before.
How Marcel Proust’s finances affected his writing.
A brilliant writer, a misogynist, a small-town boy with a haughty, big-city gaze: Naipaul’s life was marked by a sense of doubleness.
A profile and criticism of Wayne Koestenbaum’s poetry of the subconscious.
Three contemporary French authors illuminate the president’s divisive neoliberal agenda and how a diversionary ‘Europe under attack’ narrative might be the key to his success.
Nathan Englander on the novelist’s responsibilities in times of political chaos and what is right, what is wrong, and why we crave the distinction.