Interview: Philippe Claudel
‘The modern novel can’t sidestep or ignore the idea of evil on an industrial level’
They: Stalin’s Polish Élite
'You referred to a comrade as 'Mister'. That's offensive.'
The Exploding Planet of Junot Díaz
‘On a windy Thursday night in late February I stood in a faintly lit street in Harlem, in front of a modern building where Junot Díaz and his fiancée, Elizabeth de Leon, are staying.’
The Stone-Thrower from Eisenhuttenstadt
‘Last year, a photograph was published on the back page of a Berlin daily. It depicted a German mother from the town of Eisenhuttenstadt.‘
The Game of Evenings
For Bloomsday, James Joyce and Adolf Hoffmeister argue about a Czech translation of Finnegans Wake in a rare and intimate interview from 1930.
Interview: Louis de Bernières
‘At four o’clock in the morning, when Louis de Bernières has lines of poetry repeating in his head which won’t stop gnawing away, he writes them down.‘