Our Book Report

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

From an enchantress to exploding mangoes: judges draw up longlist (The Guardian, 30 Jul 2008, Page 18)

From an enchantress to exploding mangoes: judges draw up longlist
Mark Brown Arts correspondent
The Guardian
30 Jul 2008

He is a winner of the Booker and the Booker of Bookers and now he is the bookie’s favourite to be a double Booker after Salman Rushdie was yesterday named in the prize’s longlist for The Enchantress of Florence. Rushdie’s venture into historical...read more...

Monday, September 17, 2007

The absurd, the banal and the tragic
Richard Overy
Arts & Books
15 Sep 2007

The long-awaited second volume of Saul Friedländer’s account of the persecution and murder of the Jews of Germany and Europe fully deserves that much overused reviewer’s description: a masterpiece. Together with The Years of Persecution: Nazi Germany... read more...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What’s behind the cover (and we don’t mean the book)

Arts & Books
18 Aug 2007

The American typographer Beatrice Warde once said that a book should be like a wine glass, clear and discreet, “because the connoisseur judges wine partly by its colour and is impatient of anything that alters it”. But from the late 19th century... read more...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Bohemia mania

Gulf News
22 Jul 2007

Iinhabitants of the former Kingdom of Bohemia, located in the modern day Czech Republic were the first to be referred to as Bohemians. In modern usage, the term “bohemian” can describe someone who lives an unconventional artistic life, putting a high... read more...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Into the dungeons of depravity

Arts & Books
07 Jul 2007

by Frédéric Beigbeder; tr by Frank Wynne 304pp, Fourth Estate, £11·99 £10·99 (plus £1·25 p&p) 0870 428 4112 It would be easy to hate these two novellas by the avant-garde French writer Frédéric Beigbeder, whose controversial novel about September 11,... read more...

Monday, June 18, 2007

Arise Sir Salman Literary world applauds Rushdie knighthood
Esther Addley
The Guardian
16 Jun 2007

Salman Rushdie has amassed for himself a fair number of distinctions over the years, among them the Booker of Bookers prize, the Whitbread novel award (twice), the James Tait Black memorial prize, and a fatwa from the Ayatollah Khomeini calling for his... read more...

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

It’s all Greek to me

The Guardian
02 Jun 2007

As Athens braced itself to host the Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan last month, Greece’s second city was staging its own, alternative, cultural encounters. The Thessaloniki international book fair in northern Greece is thriving in... read more...