Tibor Fischer

The Orban acolyte who became his fiercest critic

6 July 2024 9:00 am

All sorts of people are grateful to Peter Magyar for bounding into the arena of Hungarian public life. Journalists, chiefly.…

What will we do when all our jobs are done for us?

22 June 2024 9:00 am

The philosopher Nick Bostrom speculates imaginatively about the travails of extreme leisure, but we don’t get any guru-like nuggets

What became of Thomas Becket’s bones?

2 March 2024 9:00 am

Alice Roberts’s examinations of violent deaths in the past take her to the site of Becket’s murder in Canterbury cathedral and the later destruction of his shrine by Henry VIII

Milan Kundera feels the unbearable weight of disappointment

6 May 2023 9:00 am

In two essays, from 1967 and 1983, he expresses the sense of abandonment felt in Central Europe – and his own dismay at the superficiality of western culture

Accusations of racism have lost all meaning

23 April 2022 9:00 am

The War on the West is Douglas Murray’s latest blast against loony left wokery, chiefly in the areas of race…

Like it or not, cryptocurrency is here to stay

9 April 2022 9:00 am

There was a time when you could read a book to keep up to date about a subject. Well, that’s…

Out of nowhere: Viktor Orbán’s new challenger

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Will Hungary’s surprise opposition leader out-Orbán Orbán?

Louis-Ferdinand Céline was lucky to escape retribution in 1945

11 September 2021 9:00 am

They rather like bad boys, the French. Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961) is one, in a tradition that stretches from François Villon…

Tortured youths: how childhood misery often makes for genius

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Greatness. Genius. Can you bottle it? Is there a formula? Inspired by his Radio 4 series Great Lives, Matthew Parris…

There’s no single trick to making money — just resist a noble calling

18 April 2020 9:00 am

‘Beauty is pain,’ the model Gigi Hadid asserts. She’s one of the successful, rich people quizzed by William Leith in…

One insider’s view of the thorny subject of immigration

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Probably this happens to every generation: the moment when you can’t believe what’s going on; when events seem too preposterous…

John Ruskin as a boy, seated beside his mother, listening to the sermon

Every day is mother’s day for writers: most have strong feelings about their mothers, though not always of love

10 March 2018 9:00 am

You attempt to write a review with a stiff dose of objectivity, but it’s hard not to start with a…

Viktor Orbán meets with Theresa May late last year (Photo: Getty)

The problem with Hungary

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The name of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, is on the lips of most left-wing, liberal politicians and intellectuals…

Aubrey Beardsley’s ‘The Climax’ — an illustration for Oscar Wilde’s play Salome

Flights of fancy

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Levitation. We all know what it is: the ‘disregard for gravity’, as Peter Adey puts it in his new book,…

György Spiro’s Captivity fails to captivate Tibor Fischer

9 January 2016 9:00 am

It’s been a long time coming for György Spiró. However much Hungarian writers complain about the isolation forced upon them…

John Gray’s great tour-guide of ideas: from the Garden of Eden to secret rendition

7 March 2015 9:00 am

You can’t accuse John Gray of dodging the big questions, or indeed the big answers. His new book The Soul…