Short Letter, Long Farewell

The nomad's life, captured so well in this cover It's hard for me to write roles. When I characterise somebody it seems to me that I am degrading him. Everything that's individual about him becomes a tic. In this strange work, which is part noir, part self-exploration, part travelogue and part great American novel, Handke … Continue reading Short Letter, Long Farewell

Nana by Emile Zola

That I found reading Nana difficult is an understatement. I expected some labour over it because classics is not my usual genre and Zola makes the slow pace even harsher by his scientific glare. But Nana presented more challenges than my anticipation. For instance, I couldn't empathise with the tempestuous, irritating child at the center … Continue reading Nana by Emile Zola