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Sergio De La Pava. Credit Brian Hawkin

Manic creations: Lost Empress: A Protest, by Sergio De La Pava, reviewed

20 October 2018 9:00 am

American mass-incarceration is the most overt object of the ‘protest’ of this novel’s subtitle. The author, Sergio De La Pava,…

On the run with Martin Luther King’s assassin

2 December 2017 9:00 am

This newly translated novel by the Spanish writer Antonio Muñoz Molina is really two books, spliced together in alternating chapters.…

Sex, violence and anticlimax in 16 (very short) chapters

23 April 2016 9:00 am

‘Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime,’ begins…

Madness of war

How not to tell a soldier’s story

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Attempts by soldiers themselves to describe to us our 21st-century wars have come, so far, in a few recognisable varieties:…

A Father’s Day tragedy: what exactly happened when a car plunged into a reservoir in Australia in 2005?

7 March 2015 9:00 am

When Helen Garner, an award-winning Australian author, first saw the TV news images of the car being dragged out of…

The writer who showed the West there was more to South America than magic realism

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Early on in this ‘Biography in Conversations’ we’re told that the Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño ‘continued to see himself throughout…

A Jamaican civil war, with cameos from Bob Marley

1 November 2014 9:00 am

There are many more than seven killings in this ironically titled novel — in fact very long — that starts…