Fat City by Leonard Gardner review – packs a powerful punch

A classic story about pugilists and poverty in 1950s California hits hard nearly five decades onMany writers are , though often with a tendency to express the milquetoast’s awe at the fighter’s power, or to gloss over the bloodiness and pain of the sport – to see it as primal spectacle.Fat City is no such book. It will not make you feel like taking up boxing; nor, unless you are unusually...

dnes, 11:30
Why Sir Henry Channon’s Chips goes with everything

In her final dispatch, our columnist celebrates the former Tory MP’s gossipy diariesThis is the last Shelf Life. I’ll miss having a space in which to press books on to complete strangers – even odd little books about nuns – and it has been intensely gratifying to hear which of my recommendations you’ve enjoyed (when a publisher emailed me to tell me how much his teenage daughter had...

dnes, 11:00
Anthony Cronin obituary

Poet, critic and columnist who was Ireland’s most prominent man of letters for more than half a centuryWhen became Taoiseach in 1979, one of his priorities was to repair the fraught relationship between the Irish state and its artists. He appointed the poet and critic Anthony Cronin, who has died aged 92, to be his artistic adviser. Cronin had, over the previous five years, written a trenchant...

dnes, 15:04
Milo Yiannopoulos publisher insists book won't feature hate speech

Simon & Schuster boss writes to authors alarmed by the rightwing author’s profile, assuring them that the firm will not tolerate abusive writingIn what is being seen as a damage limitation exercise, the publisher of rightwing controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos has written to authors to reassure them that his forthcoming book Dangerous will not contain hate speech.Acknowledging the level of...

dnes, 15:16
Russian PEN denies Svetlana Alexievich was ever a member – but documents refute this

Writers’ group says Nobel laureate cannot quit over treatment of Sergey Parkhomenko because she never joined, prompting the writer to release proofIn a strange turn of events, Russian PEN has dismissed Svetlana Alexievich’s decision to leave the freedom of speech organisation, saying she cannot quit because she has never been a member – prompting the Nobel prize winner to reveal...

dnes, 14:12
Tomáš Petřivý, slovenský signatár Charty 77, dostane od Poľska cenu Tomáš Petřivý, slovenský signatár Charty 77, dostane od Poľska cenu

Poľská republika ocení jedného z prvých slovenských signatárov Charty 77 Tomáša Petřivého.

dnes, 17:37
Books of The Times: He Doesn’t Like It When You Leave Your Shampoo Out

The pseudonymous JP Delaney’s “The Girl Before” is about a pervy architect who rents only to women who are good-looking, traumatized and very tidy.

dnes, 17:14
Howard Jacobson writes Donald Trump novella Pussy in 'a fury of disbelief'

Comic fairytale was written in the weeks since the November presidential election and aims to offer readers the ‘consolation of savage satire’In reply to Donald Trump’s election victory – and in lightning quick time – novelist Howard Jacobson has delivered a comic fairytale that the Man Booker prize winner hopes not only explains why Trump won, but provides the “consolation of savage...

dnes, 18:31
Sales of George Orwell's 1984 surge after Kellyanne Conway's 'alternative facts'

Comments made by Donald Trump’s adviser have been compared to the classic dystopian novel, pushing it to become the sixth best-selling book on Amazon Related: Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian drama 1984 have soared after Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the reality-TV-star-turned-president, Donald Trump, used the phrase “alternative facts” in a new interview. As of Tuesday, the book was...

dnes, 17:46
Translation Tuesday: Three poems by Choi Seung-ja

Existential despair and dreamlike descriptions of nature abound in these poems by fierce feminist and iconic Korean poet Choi Seung-jaBy Choi Seung-ja and Lei Kim for by , part of the Relentless time is the subject of these poems by Choi Seung-ja, an iconic figure in Korean literature and so influential that she was once called “the common pronoun of the 80s’ poets.” But the existential...

dnes, 18:00