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Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq review – a vision of degraded masculinity
The French satirist is uniquely placed to anatomise the impotence and rage of an embittered bureaucrat

James Lasdun

20, Sep, 2019 @6:29 AM

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The Town by Shaun Prescott review – a powerfully doomy debut
Australian towns are disappearing in a thought-provoking novel that ranges from the banal to the apocalyptic

James Lasdun

15, Aug, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Census by Jesse Ball review – a moving portrayal of radical innocence
A father and his son with Down’s syndrome go on a road trip in this remarkable novel about the nature of empathy

James Lasdun

14, Apr, 2018 @6:30 AM

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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson review – wild and wonderful
Mortality, hallucinations and hotdogs in a cult American author’s posthumously published collection of short stories

James Lasdun

31, Jan, 2018 @8:59 AM

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The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst review – passion and folly, beautifully observed
An assured chronicle that moves from a charmer’s wartime years at Oxford to his son’s experiences in modern-day London

James Lasdun

05, Oct, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel review – a profound hermit? Not really
The story of Christopher Knight living in solitude in the wilderness for 27 years is remarkable. But this account tries too hard to give it real significance

James Lasdun

22, Mar, 2017 @9:00 AM

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The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera review – post-apocalyptic noir
In an unnamed city emptied out by plague, feuding gangsters deal in the dead: the second novel from the acclaimed Mexican author is a response to the violence of the drugs wars

James Lasdun

16, Jul, 2016 @6:30 AM

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Zero K by Don DeLillo review – the problem of mortality
Sinister scientists and cryogenic pods: one of our leading chroniclers of contemporary reality turns his attention to life after death

James Lasdun

11, May, 2016 @6:30 AM

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Small Town Talk by Barney Hoskyns review – Dylan, Hendrix, Joplin and the wonder of Woodstock
A kind of Lourdes for musicians – stories of songwriting brilliance, hipster shysters and extraordinary excess abound in this enjoyable study of the New York upstate village

James Lasdun

02, Mar, 2016 @4:05 PM

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Shylock Is My Name review – Howard Jacobson takes on Shakespeare’s Venetian moneylender
A bold retelling of The Merchant of Venice, set in 21st-century footballers’ Cheshire, subverts and enhances an appreciation of the original

James Lasdun

10, Feb, 2016 @7:30 AM

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The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes review – how Shostakovich survived Stalin
Barnes’s latest novel is a gripping fictionalised account of the composer’s life, and the anguished compromises he made under Stalin

James Lasdun

22, Jan, 2016 @12:00 PM

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New American Stories edited by Ben Marcus review – a landmark anthology
Pre-9/11 US literature reflected a national self-image that was fundamentally benign. That era is over, judging by this collection

James Lasdun

12, Aug, 2015 @5:30 AM

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