Ulysses: like all great books, it makes a great internal mess in the reader that might take years to tidy up

If a person is sentimental, and so inclined, he or she can consider the development of their life in terms of the books that punctuate its various (...)

Participants in Saturday's water protests in Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Probably the first case of whistleblowing on record is in The Emperor’s New Clothes. You know it’s a fairy story because the child who unmasks the (...)

Green-screen dream: Robin Wright in The Congress

Ari Folman has arrived to talk about his extraordinary new film The Congress. There’s plenty to discuss. Adapted from a story by Stanislaw Lem – autho(...)

Cian Traynor braves an old diary

The idea to rediscover this younger version of myself came after seeing the documentary Mortified Nation. It’s about a stage show in the US where p(...)

Architect Daniel Libeskind (left) presents a model of the Holocaust Names Monument to Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan at the town hall of Amsterdam. The memorial that will bear the names of all the Dutch Holocaust victims. Photograph: Remko de Waal/EPA

After European elections that raised the ugly spectre of anti-Semitism in the Netherlands, Amsterdam has announced a major new Holocaust memorial –(...)

Worshippers bow at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Justin Bieber has apologised to those he offended by visiting the war shrine this  week, saying he was misled into  seeing it as only a place of prayer. Photograph:  Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

As he was being chauffeured through Tokyo this week, pop singer Justin Bieber spotted a leafy oasis in the city’s landscape of concrete and ste(...)

Ripped pages of Anne Frank’s ‘Diary of a Young Girl’  at a library in Tokyo.  Pages of the book have been methodically ripped out of dozens of libaries in the Japanese capital. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Vandalism is rare in Tokyo, anti-Semitism rarer still. So why would someone make their way across this sprawling city to dozens of libraries an(...)

Some 112 paintings by Berlin artist Lutz Friedel are currently on display at the new state parliament in Potsdam, Germany. Amongst the pictures are portraits of former German Chancellors Helmut Schmidt and Konrad Adenauer, but also of dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler and Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels. Photograph: EPA

The opening of the new state parliament in Brandenburg, outside Berlin, has been overshadowed by a row over a new portrait of history’s most notorious(...)

A photo taken on June 20th, 1943 shows a German raid in the eastern part of Amsterdam – the families of Jewish Amsterdammers who were charged ground rent for their homes and business premises during the years they spent in concentration camps or in hiding during the second World War are to have the money they paid refunded by the city, with interest. Photograph: Getty

The families of Jewish Amsterdammers who were charged ground rent for their homes and business premises during the years they spent in concentration c(...)

There is a general consensus in the publishing industry that the future of digital publishing rests on the interactive e-book, which evolved with tabl(...)