Herman Koch

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Herman Koch

Published to mixed reviews in the US last year, the Dutch author Herman Koch’s latest novel, The Ditch, is best enjoyed as a meandering trip through t(...)

The specials today are hatred and resentment

Oren Moverman’s The Dinner, a film defined by tangents, obfuscations, and delays, is a forcefully frustrating experience. The titular meal brings toge(...)

German writerJenny Erpenbeck. Photograph:  Andree/ullstein bild via Getty

Readers and book stores everywhere will be excited by the 160-title strong announcement of the 2016 long list for the Dublin International Literary(...)

Ivano De Matteo's The Dinner (I nostri ragazzi), showing twice during the festival: in the Light House Cinema on Sunday 22nd, and in Movies@Dundrum on Monday 23rd

The Jameson Dublin Film Festival has begun its thirteenth season, with some 120 films showing at more than a dozen venues around the city until Mar(...)

Herman Koch: ‘When I started writing it was a question for me, too: how far would  I go along with the character? How far would he go?’ Photograph: Alan Betson

If a reader were to judge a writer by his characters it would be reasonable, perhaps even sensible, to be wary of Herman Koch. The Dutch writer and so(...)

Illustration by William Bock from The Dead by James Joyce, published by Paravion Press

There’s a moment in Donna Tartt’s latest novel The Goldfinch where the first crumb of comfort comes in the shape of cheese on toast. Her lead characte(...)

Colm Tóibín is one of three Irish authors nominated for  the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Three Irish authors have been nominated for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. The longlist, published today, consists of 152 titles propo(...)