Reviews

Review: The White Book by Han Kang

"Now I will give you white things, What is white, though may yet be sullied; Only white things will I give.” These lines, one of the rare eruptions of poetry in Han Kang’s studied and astonishing novel, set out the author’s intentions: she wishes to speak to us of a...

Review: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

  The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Melville House / Graywolf Press) In the same week I reread Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, I downloaded a Granta podcast with American writer and activist Rebecca Solnit. Solnit writes about place, politics and gender among other...

Review: The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave

The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave (Canongate) 25 years ago, German filmmaker Uli M. Schüppel made The Road to God Knows Where, a documentary that followed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on a US tour. Shot in grainy black-and-white, this was not the hell-raising shenanigans...

Review: Academy Street by Mary Costello

Academy Street by Mary Costello (Canongate) When Mary Costello’s collection The China Factory was published in 2012 by The Stinging Fly, it was clear that here was a writer of huge ability. Nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, her short stories braided the...

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