Just Us: An American Conversation

In her latest exploration of racial imaginaries in the US, Claudia Rankine stresses the importance of difficult conversations in the face of racist state violence.

Criticism 10th November 2020

How To Hex Things With Words

Caitlín Doherty follows some mystical threads through recent occult-inspired poetry and publishing.

Criticism 30th October 2020


Emma Cline's exquisitely detailed work of social observation falls back on familiar tropes, allowing some characters more complexity than others.

Criticism 23rd October 2020

simmering of a declarative void

Robert Kiely's debut collection is a brilliant and urgently contemporary appeal to the reader.

Criticism 9th September 2020

Breasts and Eggs

Mieko Kawakami's latest is a novel of uncertainty, absence, and bodily obsession.

Criticism 27th August 2020

The White Dress

Nathalie Legér's blend of novel, art history and memoir is a study in 'to-be-looked-at-ness'.

Criticism 12th August 2020


Tara McEvoy considers joy and formal constraint in Alice Lyons' 'extraordinary' debut novel.

Criticism 23rd July 2020

The Dominant Animal

Emily S. Cooper finds a quiet beauty in Kathryn Scanlan's spare, unflinching stories.

Criticism 30th June 2020

Minor Detail

Adania Shibli's third novel, translated by Elisabeth Jaquette, considers the implications of historiography under occupation.

Criticism 11th June 2020

The Ministry of Guidance and other stories

Golnoosh Nour's short story collection is an 'inescapably political' exploration of queerness and national identity.

Criticism 26th May 2020


Caleb Klaces' experimental blend of poetry and prose describes the state of new fatherhood with a radical note of tenderness.

Criticism 27th April 2020

Nietzsche And The Burbs

Lars Iyer's latest philosophical novel is a “paean to those languorous summer afternoons, on the cusp of adulthood, when time stretches to eternity.”

Criticism 9th April 2020


Oisín Fagan's first novel is at once shocking, sad and wise; a book which looks boldly at the mysteries of life, and leaves them beautifully intact

Criticism 19th March 2020


Anne Enright's seventh novel is 'an intricate portrait of the artist as a woman, and an incisive commentary on her "role" in the early Irish republic.'

Criticism 20th February 2020

The Storyteller Essays

Speaking from the epicentre of destruction of a civilisation, Walter Benjamin's essays express a deep concern for the state of literature and society.

Criticism 27th January 2020

Republic of Shame

Caelainn Hogan’s new book documents the 'shame-industrial complex' of mother-and-baby homes and Magdalene laundries, a system that reached into every nook and cranny of Irish society.

Criticism 16th December 2019

The Topeka School

Ben Lerner's third novel goes back to the 1990s to search for the roots of contemporary crises in language and masculinity.

Criticism 2nd December 2019

If All The World And Love Were Young

Stephen Sexton's debut collection is 'a beautiful, vital, generous work of art.'

Criticism 29th October 2019


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


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



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