Serotonin

Michel Houellebecq's latest novel once again explores his classic themes of depression, desolation, and decay in contemporary Europe.

Criticism 21st October 2019

The Undying

Anne Boyer's writing is a reckoning with the facts of a body, an inquiry into a situation we spend our lives trying to avoid.

Criticism 8th October 2019

Paris Syndrome

Lucy Sweeney Byrne's debut collection is, at its core, a book of squandered yearning.

Criticism 30th September 2019

Rock, Paper, Scissors and Other Stories

The first collection of Maxim Osipov's stories to appear in English sparks with acerbic insight into the daily challenge of being an ordinary person.

Criticism 4th September 2019

Being Various: New Irish Short Stories

The stories collected in this new anthology, edited by Lucy Caldwell, reveal a new grammar in Irish fiction.

Criticism 27th August 2019

Oval

The particular promises and contradictions of the Berlin art-world are examined in Elvia Wilk's dystopian, and yet all-too-relatable, debut novel.

Criticism 15th August 2019

Aug 9—Fog

Drawing on a diary found at an estate auction, Kathryn Scanlan's debut is a beguiling, hybrid book; part diary, part poem, part potent collage.

Criticism 1st August 2019

Deaf Republic

War, death, and the act of witnessing – the world in Ilya Kaminsky's second collection is anything but silent.

Criticism 2nd July 2019

Love Notes From A German Building Site

Skilfully-drawn characters and complex emotional detail bump up against formal experimentation in Adrian Duncan's debut novel.

Criticism 18th June 2019

Tunnel Vision

A self without a portrait; a portrait without a self: Kevin Breathnach’s innovative debut collection of essays hesitates between the two.

Criticism 27th May 2019

Tokyo Ueno Station

Yu Miri's subtle novel about a man who haunts a Tokyo park is a deft and insightful look at the character and contradictions of modern Japan.

Criticism 8th May 2019

Tamarisk Row, The Plains, Border Districts

Gerald Murnane's obsessive and idiosyncratic novels have, for almost fifty years, documented 'a literary mind calmly tracing its involutions towards their creative and spiritual source.'

Criticism 24th April 2019

Kingdomland

Rachael Allen's forceful debut collection pushes open the cracks in the structures which govern our lives, and interrogates the very mechanisms of marginalisation.

Criticism 9th April 2019

Evening In Paradise

A posthumous collection of Lucia Berlin's unpublished stories constitutes a curious and exciting middle-ground between fiction and autobiography.

Criticism 26th March 2019

Happening

Annie Ernaux's memoir is a 'truly remarkable, deep-reaching reflection' that places the 'lonely, frightened, essential, determined journeys of individual women at the heart of literature.'

Criticism 19th March 2019

The German Room

Carla Maliandi's debut novel cloaks a story of emigration, persecution, and buried history in a surreal and slightly absurd atmosphere.

Criticism 13th February 2019

Paradise Rot

Jenny Hval’s debut novel presents a nuanced account of a young woman’s sexual awakening during an academic exchange.

Criticism 22nd January 2019

Dead Girls

Alice Bolin's debut collection examines the American obsession with dead girls, looking for the truth about their killers, and their self-proclaimed saviours.

Criticism 19th November 2018

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh's follow-up to the Booker-nominated 'Eileen' is a hazy, witty, sometimes brutal examination of a New York friendship.

Criticism 17th October 2018

Sex and Rage: Advice To Young Ladies Eager for a Good Time

Eve Babitz's autobiographical novel, recently republished, captures that spirit of madcap irreverence and charts those years when youth feels indestructible.

Criticism 12th September 2018

This Hostel Life

Melatu Uche Okorie's slim debut collection is one of the most pertinent books of modern Ireland.

Criticism 14th August 2018

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Leslie Jamison's memoir of overcoming addiction balances a desire for originality against the soothing, redemptive familiarity of the chorus.

Criticism 19th June 2018

The Collected Letters of Flann O’Brien

This mammoth collection of Brian O'Nolan's correspondence, edited by Maebh Long, is crystal clear and precise in effect; ornate when it wants to be and vulgar at just the right moments.

Criticism 11th June 2018

Darker With The Lights On

Two characters discuss the ins-and-outs of David Hayden's debut collection of stories, a book full of other books.

Criticism 1st May 2018

The Yellow House

Lyrical emotional insight is matched by artfulness of execution in William Wall's first poetry collection for seven years

Criticism 21st March 2018

Sunrise Sunset

Tina Pisco's diverse set of short stories blends taut realism with a magical sensibility.

Criticism 7th February 2018

Compass

Mathias Enard's masterful novel traces myriad lines of life from both Orient and Occident in an attempt to 'write outside the self'.

Criticism 9th January 2018

Essayism

Brian Dillon's journey through the 'unstable multiplicity' of the essay form is maddening and exquisite in equal measure.

Criticism 4th October 2017

The Coast Road

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh's first bilingual collection reveals a voice that is attentive to nature, to the world, to those moments in which we find ourselves, and one which is sprightly with a hint of devilment.

Criticism 19th September 2017

Blind Spot

Teju Cole's first book-length meditation on photography explores how his dream-like, jetlagged images are connected by tangents to the universal in all human cultures.

Criticism 12th September 2017

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