Olga Tokarczuk

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“I found a mention from 1945, in the Anglo-Celt (a Cavan newspaper, but with expansionist ambitions)”

The townland I grew up in is generally known in English as “Nafferty”, although there are variant spellings. It’s a jaunty-sounding name and becomes e(...)

US writer Jamaica Kincaid: possible winner if Swedish Academy plays safe after years of controversy. Photograph: Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images

Jamaica Kincaid and Anne Carson have been tipped as possible winners of this week’s Nobel Prize in literature, with the secretive jury expected to pla(...)

 “I doubt there have been any actual ploughs in Boris Johnson’s life.” Photograph: Jack Hill/AFP

In the Methuen Book of Poems for Every Day, the month of October opens with a verse about ploughing. Well, sort of: It’s Patrick Kavanagh’s October, a(...)

“Handling a broadsheet outdoors can be like wrestling with a small sailboat.” Photograph: Frank McNally

When choosing Dublin cafés these days, with indoors no longer an option, I find myself having to calculate wind conditions as you would for an offshor(...)

Organisers of the Nobel Prize in Literature are investigating a hoax phone call informing the Irish writer John Banville (pictured) that he was to receive this year’s award. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The organisers of the Nobel Prize for Literature are investigating a hoax phone call informing the Irish author John Banville that he was to rece(...)

Austrian author Peter Handke at his house in Chaville, near Paris, after he  was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature. Photograph: Francois More/AP

Twenty years before Peter Handke would become a Nobel laureate, he won another title. In 1999, Salman Rushdie named him the runner-up for “Internation(...)

Nihad Sirees: the tone of his novel veers  between male porno fantasy and misogyny

How do we judge novels in translation? The good ones will see both original text and interpretation lauded. Prizes such as the Man Booker Internationa(...)

Members of Capt Robert Scott’s party discover the tent of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen at the South Pole in January 1912. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

This extraordinary debut by a Catalan multimedia artist, summoning an alias which will be explained, looks to the facts of polar expedition and the me(...)

People pay their respects in front of dozens of coffins containing remains of more than 600 victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. File photograph: Themistocles Hakizimana/Reuters

Between 2001 and 2015, sales of translated fiction grew by 96 per cent. One reason, argues Daniel Hahn, who last year established a prize for first tr(...)

Olga Tokarczuk. Photograph: Martin J Kraft

Early on in Olga Tokarczuk’s beguilingly experimental Flights, the narrator casually mentions that one of her favourite books is Moby-Dick. This hint,(...)