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Olga Tokarczuk's 'magnum opus' finally gets English release – after seven years of translation

The Books of Jacob, praised by the Nobel prize judges and winner of Poland’s prestigious Nike award, will be published in the UK in NovemberThe magnum opus of Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk – a novel that has taken seven years to translate and has brought its author death threats in her native Poland – is to be published in English.The Books of Jacob, which will be released in the UK in November, is the Polish author’s first novel to appear in English since she won the 2018 Nobel prize for litera...
Tags: Europe, Books, Publishing, UK, Fiction, Culture, Poland, Fiction in translation, Jacob, Olga Tokarczuk


Megan Nolan: 'When I think back, the way I drank was crazy. Everyone I knew did it'

The novelist talks about the heartache and hedonism that inspired her debut – and how writing helped her find a way out of the chaos of young adult lifeMegan Nolan is weighing up how she feels about her relatives back home in Waterford, Ireland, reading her first novel, Acts of Desperation. She is not, she says, looking forward to it. I tell her that she might have to get used to it; I don’t live far from Waterford, and have noticed that she has already made the local newspaper (not to mention p...
Tags: Books, Culture, Nolan, Dublin, Irish Times, Waterford, Megan Nolan, Waterford Ireland


'Readers want the victims’ stories': the writers exposing sexual abuse in France

France’s response to #MeToo was unenthusiastic but its attitude towards sex is coming under increasing scrutiny in a wave of memoirs alleging abuseIt was the fate of another girl that made Vanessa Springora realise how little things had changed. In 2018, newspapers reported that a 28-year-old man had lured an 11-year-old to his home in the Paris suburbs. Though the girl’s parents had reported rape, the charge was reduced as the girl was deemed to have consented because the man hadn’t used threat...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, Women, Society, World news, Culture, Paris, Autobiography and memoir, Sexual Harassment, Rape and sexual assault, MeToo Movement, Vanessa Springora, Gabriel Matzneff, Springora, Matzneff


Nude selfies: are they now art?

Lockdown has triggered a boom in the exchange of intimate shots – and now a new book called Sending Nudes is celebrating the pleasures and perils of baring all to the cameraHave you ever sent a nude selfie? The question draws a thick red line between generations, throwing one side into a panic while the other just laughs. And yet, as far back as 2009, that fount of moral wisdom, Kanye West, was advising how to stay safe. “When you take the picture cut off your face / And cover up the tattoo by t...
Tags: Books, Photography, UK, Sex, Relationships, Poetry, Women, Social Media, Life and style, Kanye West, Dating, Culture, Men, Short Stories, Online Dating, Jamie Foxx


Amos Oz accused of 'sadistic abuse' by daughter in new memoir

Galia Oz claims late author – hailed as Israel’s greatest – beat and humiliated her in childhood, but siblings say they remember him differentlyThe daughter of the late Israeli author Amos Oz has alleged that her father subjected her to “a routine of sadistic abuse” in a new memoir, claims that have been challenged by his family.Galia Oz, a children’s author, published her autobiography, Something Disguised as Love, in Hebrew on Sunday. “In my childhood, my father beat me, swore and humiliated m...
Tags: Books, Israel, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Autobiography and memoir, Haaretz, Amos Oz, Biography books, Galia Oz


The 120 Days of Sodom: France seeks help to buy 'most impure tale ever written'

Tax breaks announced for companies who pay for manuscript by the Marquis de Sade, valued at €4.5m The French government is appealing for corporate help to acquire the manuscript of the Marquis de Sade’s notorious The 120 Days of Sodom, valued at €4.5m (£3.9m), for the National Library of France. Related: ‘The most impure tale ever written’: how The 120 Days of Sodom became a ‘classic’ Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, World news, Culture, Marquis de Sade, Manuscripts and letters, National Library of France Related


Danny DeVito and Barry Sonnenfeld: how we made Get Shorty

‘Gene Hackman was scary as hell. At the premiere, he pulled me aside and said: “I didn’t think you had a clue what you were doing!”’ My wife and I were about to take our first cruise and I needed a book. I hadn’t read any Elmore Leonard novels but Get Shorty was about Hollywood so I thought it’d be interesting. I bought it and loved it. A few years previously I had shot Throw Momma from the Train with Danny DeVito and I called him and he said: “I’ll buy it, you direct it and I’ll produce and sta...
Tags: Books, Comedy, Hollywood, Film, Culture, Film adaptations, Thrillers, Danny DeVito, John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Danny, Barry Sonnenfeld, Elmore Leonard, Shorty, Crime films, Comedy films


As a Black Lord of the Rings fan, I felt left out of fantasy worlds. So I created my own | Namina Forna

Author Namina Forna loved JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis’ books as a child, but saw little that resembled the magic and rich mythology she saw in AfricaWhen I was a child, I was what you would call a JRR Tolkien fangirl. I read The Lord of the Rings over and over. I traipsed around the countryside, imagining it was Middle-earth. With just a flight of imagination, I could be snug in the Shire, exploring the mines of Moria, or even flitting through the woods of Lothlórien.When the first Lord of the Ring...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Africa, Culture, Shire, Cs Lewis, Jrr Tolkien, Tolkien, Fantasy Books, Moria, Namina Forna


Jane Monckton Smith: ‘Domestic abuse isn't a row. It's when one person has become a threat to another’

The author and professor of public protection on the red flags of coercive control and how courts should change to give abuse victims an equal voiceJane Monckton Smith is a criminologist specialising in domestic homicide. A former police officer, she is professor of public protection at the University of Gloucestershire, and is recognised for her groundbreaking work on coercive control and stalking. In her new book, In Control: Dangerous Relationships and How They End in Murder, she lays out the...
Tags: Books, Education, Society, Domestic Violence, Culture, Criminology, The Home Office, University of Gloucestershire, Society books, Jane Monckton Smith, Monckton Smith


Philip Guston's daughter on his Klan paintings: 'They're about white culpability'

The postponement last year of an exhibition of the artist’s work led to a fraught debate over race and culture. His daughter Musa Mayer fears his complex images are being misrepresentedMusa Mayer has been “holed up” in Woodstock, upstate New York, which she describes as “a liberal community in the midst of Trump land”, since the beginning of lockdown in March of last year. She is staying in a house she inherited from her parents and nearby is a building that was once the art studio of her father...
Tags: Art, Books, London, Boston, Race, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Washington Dc, Exhibitions, Tate Modern, Trump, Black Lives Matter Movement, Mayer, Teitelbaum, Philip Guston


It’s never too late: elderly high-achievers

Joe Biden may have become US president at 78, but imagine becoming a comedian at 89 or writing your first book at 94. We talk to six senior high-flyers…It’s fair to say I didn’t expect, aged 93, to become Britain’s oldest debut author. My story is just my life, really. It never crossed my mind that anyone else might care to know more. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Comedy, Education, Fitness, US, Life and style, Joe Biden, Culture, Britain, Ageing, Triathlon


Unfinished manuscripts that lay behind Palestinian critic’s stated contempt for fiction

Scholar Edward Said longed to write novels, yet never succeeded, a new biography revealsEdward Said was clear and firm: the work of a critic, he argued, is more important than the work of poets and novelists. It is public intellectuals, he believed, who are the writers most able to challenge power and change the world.But according to a new biography of the highly respected Palestinian scholar and literary critic, Said secretly wrote both poetry and fiction – not even mentioning it to his friend...
Tags: Books, Poetry, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Literary criticism, Said, Edward Said, Biography books


Eliot Higgins: 'People accuse me of working for the CIA'

The founder of the online investigative collective Bellingcat talks about working with Alexei Navalny, open source reporting and the trouble with ‘cyber-miserablism’Eliot Higgins launched Bellingcat in summer 2014, days after the Russian military shot down Malaysian Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine. The online outfit has broken a series of international scoops. In 2018 it discovered the identities of the two undercover assassins who poisoned Sergei Skripal in Salisbury. Last year Bellingcat re...
Tags: Open Source, Books, Technology, Media, Internet, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Social Media, Ukraine, Culture, Digital Media, Investigative journalism, Leicester, Cia, Alexei Navalny, Fsb


On my radar: Brett Anderson's cultural highlights

The Suede frontman on his latest musical discoveries, the brilliance of Michael Clark and the enduring appeal of mudlarking by the ThamesBorn in Sussex in 1967, Brett Anderson founded alternative rock band Suede in 1989 with then-girlfriend Justine Frischmann and childhood friend Mat Osman. Billed by Melody Maker as “the best new band in Britain”, Suede released five albums including their self-titled debut and Coming Up, before disbanding in 2003. Anderson went on to front the Tears and release...
Tags: Books, Music, Dance, Culture, Britain, Pop and rock, Stage, Classical Music, Autobiography and memoir, Sussex, Anderson, Brett Anderson, Justine Frischmann, Michael Clark, Charles Hazlewood, Melody Maker


My favourite Ishiguro: by Margaret Atwood, Ian Rankin and more

Authors choose the Kazuo Ishiguro novels closest to their hearts, including Never Let Me Go, The Buried Giant and The Remains of the DayRead an exclusive of extract from Klara and the SunIshiguro interview: ‘AI, gene-editing, big data ... I worry we are not in control of these things any more’Margaret Atwood Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Culture, Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian Rankin, Ishiguro, Klara, Sarah Perry, Madeleine Thien, Never Let Me Go, Margaret Atwood Ian Rankin


Kazuo Ishiguro: 'AI, gene-editing, big data ... I worry we are not in control of these things any more'

The Nobel-winning author talks about scaring Harold Pinter, life after death – and his new novel about an ‘artificial friend’Read an exclusive of extract from Klara and the SunFor the Ishiguro household, 5 October 2017 was a big day. After weeks of discussion, the author’s wife, Lorna, had finally decided to change her hair colour. She was sitting in a Hampstead salon, not far from Golders Green in London, where they have lived for many years, all gowned up, and glanced at her phone. There was a...
Tags: Books, London, Fiction, Culture, Harold Pinter, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hampstead, Nobel Prize In Literature, Ishiguro, Lorna, Golders Green, Klara, Shizuko, Nobel Shon


The Rope review: Ida Wells, the NAACP and a slim thread to a murder

Alex Tresniowski’s story of a 19th-century Rosa Parks would have worked perfectly well without a detour to New JerseyThis is a book about an important and long-overlooked Black woman civil rights leader, and an intrepid New York City private investigator who solved a murder at the seashore in New Jersey in which a Black laborer was wrongly accused of the crime. Related: Trump's defeat and the death throes of the Civil War – podcast Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Protest, New York City, Race, World news, US news, Culture, New Jersey, Naacp, Civil rights movement, Trump, Rosa Parks, Ida Wells, History books, Alex Tresniowski


Ian Rankin: 'Why does it take celebrity voices for the disabled to be heard?'

Scotland’s pre-eminent crime writer joins broadcaster Jo Whiley berating ‘woeful’ treatment of people with learning difficulties over CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageKit Rankin just loves being around people, says his father Ian. “He loves hugs and if you go near him you’re getting a hug whether you want it or not.“He’s better known around the streets of Edinburgh than I am,” adds the crime novelist with a wry laugh. “People stop me and say ‘Oh, you’re Kit’s dad’...
Tags: Books, Scotland, Society, UK News, Disability, Culture, Edinburgh, Ian Rankin, Ian, Rankin, Jo Whiley, Coronavirus


‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture

Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdownThere have been many notable nightclubs in film history. The Blue Angel in the Marlene Dietrich movie; the Copacabana in Goodfellas, accessible to privileged wiseguys via the kitchen; the Slow Club in Blue Velvet, with the emotionally damaged star turn Isabella Rossellini singing the song of the same name. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Games, Music, Film, Fiction, Poetry, Theatre, Dance, Culture, Stage, Dance music, Electronic Music, Clubbing, Goodfellas, Carol Ann Duffy, Isabella Rossellini


Why do video games matter? 20 books every player should read

Why do we play? How do games work? From games philosophy to sci-fi, here are 20 delightful and essential reads for gamersAt this stage in the pandemic, you may have started to question the amount of time you’re spending playing video games. Publishers have reported huge increases in the numbers of players on titles such as Call of Duty Warzone and Fifa 21, while Animal Crossing, launched in the first weeks of last year’s lockdown, has sold more than 30m copies, mostly on its seductive promise to...
Tags: Books, Games, Culture, Fifa, Game culture, Comics and graphic novels, Fantasy Books, Animal Crossing, Computing and the net books, Science fiction books, Philosophy books, Creed Valhalla


'Look after yourself my darling': letters salvaged from 1941 shipwreck

Archivists have painstakingly reconstructed the wartime missives recovered from the SS Gairsoppa, sunk by a U-boat off the Irish coastThe fragments of a 1941 love letter to a woman named Iris, found nearly three miles under the ocean in a shipwreck, have been painstakingly pieced together by experts, 80 years after it was posted.“Look after yourself my darling, not only for your own sake …….. for mine also,” wrote the unknown serviceman stationed in the Waziristan region, now part of Pakistan. “...
Tags: Books, UK News, Culture, Second world war, Pakistan, Iris, Waziristan, Manuscripts and letters


Rush Limbaugh obituary

Rightwing broadcaster known for a brand of attacking ‘shock jock’ radio that set the tone for the internet age of politicsRush Limbaugh, who has died aged 70 after suffering from cancer, virtually created the style of political “shock jock” radio that made him so influential. His broadcasts, featuring attacks on opponents as purveyors of what we now call “fake news”, became the template for television’s Fox News, and at its peak played a huge part in Newt Gingrich’s “Republican Revolution” of 19...
Tags: Books, Media, US news, Radio, Culture, Hillary Clinton, US politics, Television & radio, House Of Representatives, Bill Clinton, US television, Fox News, Newt Gingrich, Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh


TS Eliot winner Bhanu Kapil: 'It's hard to study something by standing in front of it'

The poet’s latest collection, How to Wash a Heart, was partly inspired by a news story about a liberal white couple taking in an Asian refugeeBhanu Kapil’s fourth poetry collection, Schizophrene, relays a scene from India’s partition. A girl fleeing her childhood home glimpses, through a hole in the cart in which she’s hidden, countless women tied to trees on the newly drawn border with Pakistan, their stomachs cut out. “This story, which really wasn’t a story but an image, was repeated to me at...
Tags: Books, India, Poetry, Race, UK News, Culture, Awards and prizes, Pakistan, Ts Eliot, Ts Eliot Prize For Poetry, Kapil, Bhanu Kapil, Schizophrene


How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates review – why science isn't enough

The co-founder of Microsoft looks to science and tech to end climate crisis ... but can nations cooperate?Bill Gates has changed our lives through his Microsoft software; he has improved countless lives through his foundation’s work to eliminate polio, TB and malaria; and now he proposes to help save our lives by combating climate change.How to Avoid a Climate Disaster details the transformation necessary to reverse the effects of decades of catastrophic practices. We need, Gates calculates, to ...
Tags: Books, Microsoft, Climate Change, Environment, Culture, Bill Gates, Gates, Science and nature books


Unseen work by Proust announced as ‘thunderclap’ by French publisher

The Seventy-Five Pages, out next month, contains germinal versions of episodes developed in In Search of Lost Time and opens ‘the primitive Proustian crypt’For everyone who decided to bite the madeleine and read all 3,000-odd pages of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time during lockdown, what’s one more book? French publisher Gallimard has announced that it will be releasing a never-before-published work by the great French writer: Les Soixante-quinze feuillets, or The Seventy-Five Pages, on 1...
Tags: Europe, Books, Publishing, France, Fiction, Culture, Proust, Marcel Proust, Gallimard, Les Soixante, Bernard de Fallois, De Fallois, Jean Santeuil Proust


Ashes in the Snow review – heartfelt but brutal YA gulag drama

This soapy, semi-harrowing wartime drama follows Bel Powley as a teenager sneaking snogs behind the prison hutsHere’s a soapy, semi-harrowing wartime drama based on Ruta Sepetys’s bestselling YA novel Between Shades of Gray, about a teenage girl deported to a Soviet gulag. The book was written for teenagers but discovered by adults; the issue for the movie seems to be uncertainty about which audience is the target. It’s a sometimes hard-hitting, always heartfelt film – and star Bel Powley is an ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Film, Russia, World news, Culture, Film adaptations, Children and teenagers, Siberia, War films, Young Adult, Lithuania, Powley, Lina, Bel Powley, Komarov Peter Franzén


Uppercase Print review – a fierce denunciation of Ceaușescu's Romania

Radu Jude dramatises the case of a disenchanted teenager turned in to the secret police in 1980s Romania in this chilling work of filmed theatreThe anger and despair in this Romanian filmed theatre work are kept in check by its ice-cold manner: it is spoken throughout in the kind of deadened official style that Ceaușescu-era apparatchiks might have used for reports on wrongdoers and dissidents, and the style that these same people might have used to defend themselves, and convince their politica...
Tags: Europe, Books, Film, World news, Culture, Stage, Film adaptations, Poland, Romania, Radu Jude, Ceausescu, Drama films, Period and historical films, Gianina Cărbunariu, Mugur Călinescu


What role does culture play in shaping children’s school experiences?

One way to think of culture is as a context in which we learn and develop. We share, live, perform, and experience culture through our participation in daily activities, customs, and routines with social others. Culture helps us make sense of our social worlds and shapes our actions, thoughts, and feelings. For example, culture plays a role in the way we experience emotions, construct our self-concepts, and learn and problem-solve.With increasing migration and the movement of people in the twent...
Tags: Books, Featured, Parenting, India, US, Culture, Kim, Chang, Yamamoto, Science & Medicine, Psychology & Neuroscience, Children Learning, Linoted, Kamehameha Early Education Program, Richard VeitThe


What’s in a surname? The female artists lost to history because they got married

A new biography of the painter Isabel Rawsthorne highlights how talented women have often missed out on the recognition they deservedGenerations of female artists, composers and writers have been lost to history because their names changed after marriage. According to growing academic consensus, the conventional switch of surnames at the altar has erased a key cultural legacy. And the story of the painter and designer Isabel Rawsthorne, told in a new biography, is among the first to make this po...
Tags: Art, Books, London, Marriage, Women, Painting, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Alberto Giacometti, Jacob Epstein


'I can cry just thinking about it': the most romantic moments in literature

From Wentworth’s letter in Persuasion, to a bedside proposal in Tales of the City, authors share their favourite scenes of love and intimacyChosen by Kathy Lette, author of 14 comically romantic novels including HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Valentine's Day, Culture, Fiction in translation, Wentworth, Kathy Lette, Romance Books



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