Review: The Dinner – Herman Koch

The Dinner begins with a classic set up scene – two sets of parents meeting in a restaurant to sort out serious problems with their two sons.  I was reminded of the film Carnage in which Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster and their respective screen spouses meet to discuss a playground fight, but this [...]

Review: Caesarion – Tommy Wieringa

A new novel from Portobello Books is always welcome – a guarantee of inventive and original writing, with Caesarion being a fine example of the type of fictional innovation we can expect from this imprint.

In Caesarion, Tommy Wieringa has written an inventive, multi-layered novel, charting the childhood and youth of Ludwig (the Ceasarion of [...]

Review: Repatriated – Adriaan Van Dis

I have been reading some fairly serious books lately covering themes of war and politics and feeling the need for something rather less demanding I decided to read Repatriated by Adriaan Van Dis (tr. David Colmer very ably from the original Dutch).  I have now spent two or three days in 1950s North Holland, where [...]