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Perception of Doors

A wry and delicate novel about the ancient human fact of migration. Journey’s End. Review of Mohsin Hamid, Exit West. Financial Times, 25 February, 2017. (Slightly) longer version below… The tragedy of Europe today, Mohsin Hamid has suggested in his essays and … Continue reading

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The Art of Fear

A novelistic re-imagining of the life of Dmitri Shostakovich. Review of Julian Barnes, The Noise of Time. Financial Times, 15 January 2016. On January 28 1936, Pravda carried the most chilling music review of the 20th century. “Muddle Instead of Music” was … Continue reading

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A Mighty Fry-Up

A slightly self-deconstructive review of Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen. New Statesman | 15 September 2015. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Chigozie Obioma’s debut has been widely and joyously reviewed. The press materials that fell out of my copy show … Continue reading

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Confession of the Lioness

A radical call for change framed in semi-traditional forms. In April of this year, the poet and novelist Mia Couto wrote an open letter to the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. “We remember you in Maputo,” it began, “from … Continue reading

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That Middling Line

The postcolonial afterlives of E. M. Forster. Review of Alberto Fernández Carbajal, Compromise and Resistance in Postcolonial Writing: E. M. Forster’s Legacy, (2014).  Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 2015. PDF. See also Nothing Extraordinary: E. M. Forster and the English Limit. In … Continue reading

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The Marvellous Real

The swiftness of the folk tale combined with sparseness of Raymond Carver. Review of E. C. Osondu, This House is Not for Sale. Financial Times, 5 June 2015. In Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Italo Calvino considers the six properties that … Continue reading

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Lapsed South Africans

Wolf, Wolf: A Novel, by Eben Venter, translated by Michiel Heyns. Financial Times. 13 March, 2015. …The Chekhovian pistol in this work is not hanging on the wall but hidden in a drum of organic lentils. And even though it doesn’t … Continue reading

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