Kevin Power

Kevin Power

Reinterpreting a Soviet genius who spoke art to power

Reinterpreting a Soviet genius who spoke art to power

Barnes works with consummate artistry

More whimsy from Martel in a peculiar new collection

More whimsy from Martel in a peculiar new collection

Fiction; The High Mountains of Portugal; By Yann Martel; Canongate, €22.60

Short story collection shrinks in the telling

Short story collection shrinks in the telling

Fiction; A Kind Of Compass: Stories On Distance; Edited by Belinda McKeon; Tramp Press, €15

Rogue writer Jonathan Franzen

Rogue writer Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen has a way of getting under your skin – but not to everyone’s liking

Scholarly work is a testament to Hughes’s savage brilliance

Scholarly work is a testament to Hughes’s savage brilliance

Biography; Ted Hughes: The; Unauthorised Life; By Jonathan Bate; William Collins, €23

Lively debut from legal eagle O’Higgins

Lively debut from legal eagle O’Higgins

For the most part, it’s a solid and engaging effort, though it takes a while for the plot to get going in earnest

Fresh work from an old hand chills the blood

Fresh work from an old hand chills the blood

Jackson’s voice and preoccupations have never wavered, no matter what she is writing about

Master of magical realism conjures a disappointing tale

Master of magical realism conjures a disappointing tale

FICTION: Two Years Eight Months; and Twenty-Eight Nights; By Salman Rushdie; Jonathan Cape, €19

Morrissey has achieved negative perfection

Morrissey has achieved negative perfection

Fiction; List of the Lost; By Morrissey; Penguin Books, €11

Houllebecq's searing critique of his native land

Houllebecq's searing critique of his native land

FICTION; Submission; By Michel Houellebecq; Translated by Lorin Stein; William Heinemann, €17.50

Anthology emphasises women’s place at  heart of Irish literarature

Anthology emphasises women’s place at heart of Irish literarature

Fiction: The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, Edited by Sinéad Gleeson, New Island, €19.95

Pure class from Franzen as he hits the target again

Pure class from Franzen as he hits the target again

Fiction: Purity. By Jonathan Franzen. Fourth Estate, €27. Reviewed by Kevin Power

Banville remains a master of all he surveys

Banville remains a master of all he surveys

Fiction: The Blue Guitar. By John Banville. Viking, €17.25.

Falling back in love with the narcissist

Falling back in love with the narcissist

Non-fiction: The Narcissist Test: How to Spot Outsized Egos .and the Surprising Things We Can Learn From Them. By Dr Craig Malkin. Harper Thorson, €15.

Equation doesn’t add up for Ludlum’s literary heir

Equation doesn’t add up for Ludlum’s literary heir

Fiction; Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation; By Douglas Corleone; Orion, €26.60