Gabriel García Márquez in Mexico City in 1976. Photograph: Alan Riding/The New York Times

King Kong Theory By Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne Fitzcarraldo Editions, £10.99 When I grow up, I want to be Virginie Despentes. The (...)

 Lina Prieto and her daughter, Luna, at their home in Bogotá, Colombia. Photograph: Federico Rios/New York Times

Her mother, a housekeeper, never made it past second grade. Her father, a policeman, never finished high school. But Lina Prieto had won a spot in the(...)

Just as the coronavirus ravages the world in the absence of a vaccine, so the banana disease fusarium wilt is marching inexorably around the globe, leaving a trail of scorched plantations in its wake

In the banana plantations of the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, workers are being issued with protective clothing and disinfectant is provided for thei(...)

Deb Olin Unferth’s new novel  plays fast and loose with time.

One of the trickiest things to pull off in fiction is the time-bending narrative, where an omniscient narrator loops in and out of different lives ove(...)

Adult fiction sales surged by 66 per cent last week as readers, even those already equipped with ceiling-high To Be Read piles, replenished their stocks. Photograph: Joel Saget/ AFP/ Getty Images

As cinemas, music venues and theatres nationwide have closed their doors, more books than ever are being opened, even though libraries and bookshops t(...)

The Chantelivre bookshop in the rue de Sèvres has window display of 36 books about hospitals, epidemics and quarantine. Photograph: Tala Skari

“Read!” president Emmanuel Macron exhorted his compatriots when he announced France’s coronavirus lockdown on March 16th. Perhaps only the French cou(...)

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: a model of ingenuity through humble means. Photograph: Patricio Cassinoni

A VERY OLD MAN WITH ENORMOUS WINGS Project Arts Centre ★★★★☆ There’s no lesson in this charmingly offbeat adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez’s chil(...)

José Salas Subirat: “Translating is the most attentive way of reading.”

Although both James Joyce and his editor Sylvia Beach included Spain from the first moment in their international promotion strategy for Ulysses, and (...)

Wayétu Moore: writes with frequent exposition and convoluted expression

Wayétu Moore’s ambitious debut novel is, as the title suggests, preoccupied with governance. In her reimagining of the founding of the African country(...)

Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist

Giving minority writers a platform to tell their stories is integral to good publishing and the traditional industry is slowly catching up with litera(...)

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