Martin Amis: holding a mirror up to the death camps. Photograph: Alan Betson

In Experience, his unexpectedly tender memoir published in 2000, the English writer Martin Amis went some way towards explaining his life and, more im(...)

Meditating on mortality: Klaus Maria Brandauer in Krapp’s Last Tape. Photographs: Das Letzte Band

There are three events that Sean Doran recalls, over the course of a varied international career as an artistic director, when he thought he had fi(...)

The End of the Affair: With plenty of reflection on the novel-writing process and insights into the obsessive mind of the writer, Maurice Bendrix (played in Neil Jordan’s film adapatation by Ralph Fiennes) is an intriguing antihero, loosely based on Graham Greene himself

The End of the Affair, Graham Greene (1951) Set in London, Greene’s novel follows writer Maurice Bendrix in the closing months of the second Wo(...)

Alice Munro: many writers refer to her as the person who made them want to write. Above: Munro at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP Photo

Readers and writers throughout the world will celebrate the awarding of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature to the revered Canadian storyteller Ali(...)

A 2007 file photograph of Canadian writer Alice Munro, who has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Photograph: Mike Cassese/Reuters

Canadian writer Alice Munro has won this year’s Nobel Prize in literature.The Swedish Academy, which selects Nobel literature winners, called her a “m(...)

Novelist Elmore Leonard: began writing fiction while an advertising copywriter for General Motors. Photograph: Paul Sancya/AP.

A full measure of recognition came to writer Elmore Leonard, who has died aged 87, rather late in life. When Stick was published in Britain in 1984, o(...)

Arguably the finest work by the great Italian innovator Luigi Pirandello is his absurdist satire Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921). It is v(...)

Among the legions of great Jewish jokes is the well-worn one in which a mother shrieks: “Save my son the doctor, he’s drowning!” One of the giants of (...)

Author Kevin Barry, the winner of the International Impac Dublin Literary Award for his novel, City of Bohane. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As quick-witted as a stand-up comic and as serious as the best of them tend to be, Kevin Barry is not only an inspired blend of Flann O’Brien and Anth(...)