Found in translation: a self-portrait by Tove Jansson, author of The Summer Book. Photograph: tove100.com

I spent last month following the lead of Louisa Cameron, patron of my local bookshop, Raven Books, who was making a concerted effort to read and promo(...)

Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

Although he has lived in London for 20 years, and hasn’t set foot in his homeland for almost as long – “for all sorts of complicated reasons,” he says(...)

“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.” Ulysses, James Joyce. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill
Eat your words
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  • May 15, 2014, 15:22

“I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.” Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez “And once I had recognis(...)

Alistair MacLeod: his short stories are actually a very, very long story - the story of dispossession. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

Two great masters of fiction have died in the past fortnight, but only one of them should be given to a bright 16-year-old who wants to write. Gabriel(...)

Singer songwriter Paul Simon onstage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with fellow artists prior to the Seamus Heaney tribute in association with Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council as part of One City One Book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council hosted a magnificent event in the National Concert Hall to commemorate and celebrate (...)

A man holds yellows flowers and an edition of ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez during a symbolic funeral parade through the streets of Aracataca, his hometown in Colombia yesterday. Photograph: EPA/STR

Fans and family paid their last respects to much-loved Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez on Monday, leaving flowers and playing music in (...)

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(...)

Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in  Mexico. Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Files 1:28

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers(...)

“We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”  Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Fanimal fiction
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  • April 7, 2014, 01:00

“Four legs good, two legs bad.” Animal Farm, George Orwell “Quoth the Raven, `Nevermore'.” The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe “Love the ani(...)