UUP Leader Mike Nesbitt. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Ulster Unionist Party wants to work with nationalism but it cannot tolerate Sinn Féin continuing to insist that the IRA no longer exists, the UUP (...)

Zsuzsanna Zsohar, of  Migration Aid, helps migrants at Nyugati  station, Budapest. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Zsuzsanna Zsohar has gained much from helping migrants who are moving through Hungary in unprecedented numbers. She now has friends from distant land(...)

The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka (1915) Gregor Samsa’s unusual transformation from human to giant bug didn’t go down well with the Fascists and was ba(...)

People queue to receive ballot papers during the referendum on the status of the Donetsk region in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol yesterday. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Dmitry Pavlov stopped outside a polling station in central Donetsk, made no move to go in and pointed to the face on his T-shirt in explanation.“I put(...)

One of the most memorable unhinged characters in contemporary Irish fiction is Francis Brady, the troubled child narrator of Pat McCabe’s The Butcher Boy
Mad men and women in fiction
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  • May 2, 2014, 01:27

Reviewed by Eileen Battersby in The Irish Times this Saturday, Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto (Viking, £14.99) is a near-perfect account of a p(...)

Among writers in Spanish only Cervantes has sold more books than Colombia’s Gabriel García Márquez. Photograph: Reuters

With the death of Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, the world of literature has lost one of those rare writers who was revered by critic(...)

2007: Garcia Marquez  poses with a special edition of his most famous book ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Few writers have produced novels that are acknowledged as masterpieces not only in their own countries but around the world. Fewer still can be(...)

The Double

Simon James (played by Jesse Eisenberg in a career best, surely?) is a socially awkward, cripplingly polite office wonk, whose innovations at work (...)

1. “Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.” George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871) 2. “All happy f(...)

Peru’s president Ollanta Humala lays a wreath during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem this month. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

A 110-year-old woman believed to be the oldest survivor of the Holocaust and who endured the ordeal partly through her passion for music, has d(...)