27 February 2017

Kafka: a life beyond literature

Reiner Stach’s three-volume biography is a magnificent achievement.

16 January 2017

Samuel Beckett: a man of letters

Beckett’s letters reveal a personality inseparable from the act of writing.

30 December 2016

A violent obsession

Violent Sensations explores the fascination with sex and murder in 19th-century culture.

13 December 2016

You can’t hide from history

The Austrian government should not destroy Hitler's birthplace.

7 December 2016

Philistines in avant-garde clothing

Sohrab Ahmari’s scathing critique shows how identity politics is destroying the arts.

28 October 2016

A Guerrilla attack on artistic value

You shouldn’t judge an artwork by the race or gender of its producer.

26 August 2016

The madness of Vincent Van Gogh

A new exhibition explores the Dutch master’s psychological torment.

28 April 2016

The waltz of censorship

For the likes of Flaubert and Baudelaire, evading the censors was a very serious game.

25 February 2016

TS Eliot: public poet, private agony

A new volume of Eliot’s letters charts his inner turmoil.

12 February 2016

Manos: rediscovering the world’s worst film

The re-release of Manos: The Hands of Fate allows us to appreciate better its unique awfulness.