Kevin Power

Kevin Power

A novel of rare beauty and insight

A novel of rare beauty and insight

In his review of the film adaptation of The English Patient, New Yorker critic Anthony Lane described Michael Ondaatje’s original novel as so beautifully written that it was almost impossible to read. Something similar comes to mind as you read Hisha

Striving for forgiveness in a land split by hate

Striving for forgiveness in a land split by hate

In his highly readable and moving memoir, Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish tells a story of calamity and hardship. In some ways, it is a terribly familiar story, but it’s also a story we cannot hear often enough.

Me, myself and my totally dramatic life

Me, myself and my totally dramatic life

Emma Forrest , handsome, clever and rich, had lived 21 years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

Indian portrait slips out of focus

Indian portrait slips out of focus

It’s probably inevitable that a book aiming to offer ‘‘an intimate biography of 1.2 billion people’’ should end up feeling a bit diffuse and patched-together, and in this respect Patrick French’s new book resembles the mongrel nation it describes.

History’s mistakes repeated ad nauseam

History’s mistakes repeated ad nauseam

The History of History: A Novel of Berlin, By Ida Hattemer-Higgins, Faber & Faber, €16

A restless genius beset by extremism

A restless genius beset by extremism

The Devil’s Deal The IRA, Nazi Germany, and the Double Life of Jim O’Donovan By David O’Donoghue New Island, €19

A wondrous sensory close-up of a child’s life

A wondrous sensory close-up of a child’s life

ome writers remember their childhoods very vividly, and have the gift of being able to conjure on the page the inner workings of a child’s mind.

Ellis Style does Less Than Zero

Ellis Style does Less Than Zero

In 1985,when he was 21, Bret Easton Ellis published Less Than Zero, a novel about ‘‘a wealthy, alienated, sexually ambiguous young man’s Christmas break from an eastern college in Los Angeles’’.

Clichés derail overhyped new novel

Clichés derail overhyped new novel

Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap arrives on these shores trailing a Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and a glut of astonishing reviews.

One for the knacker’s yard

One for the knacker’s yard

A few years ago, Martin Amis began his review of Robert Bly’s trenchantly heterosexual masculinity manifesto Iron John by pointing out that ‘iron’ (‘iron hoof ‘) was Cockney rhyming slang for ‘poof’.

How sibling rivalry inspired Lenin’s radicalism

How sibling rivalry inspired Lenin’s radicalism

On March 1,1887 ,a small group of terrorists was arrested in St Petersburg and charged with plotting to assassinate Tsar Alexander III.

Trapped in Tehran

Trapped in Tehran

In the early hours of December 30, 2006, Haleh Esfandiari, the founding director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, left her mother’s apartment in Tehran and hailed a taxi to go to the

Deft depiction of a conflicted genius

Deft depiction of a conflicted genius

The William Golding who emerges from John Carey’s superlatively readable biography was a man who made a life-long habit of being hard on himself.

Grim reality of India’s monstrous class divide

Grim reality of India’s monstrous class divide

Between the Assassinations, By Aravind Adiga, Atlantic Books, €12