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Kafka's Last Trial review: Benjamin Balint on who owns Kafka's manuscripts

Kafka's Last Trial review: Benjamin Balint on who owns Kafka's manuscripts

The court case about ownership of Kafka's work could be something straight out of one of his stories: dragging on for almost a decade, and involving teams of lawyers on all sides and every imaginable appeal and delay.

  • by Marija Pericic

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Turning Pages: Why writers should embrace their rejections

Turning Pages: Why writers should embrace their rejections

The more rejections you get, goes the argument, the more chance you have of being published.

  • by Jane Sullivan
Sigrid Nunez: The writer's life means I can be on my own

Sigrid Nunez: The writer's life means I can be on my own

Sigrid Nunez is the type of writer who views writing as a sacred calling rather than an exercise in self-promotion.

  • by Alexandra Alter
All Among the Barley review: Nature writer Melissa Harrison's historical novel

All Among the Barley review: Nature writer Melissa Harrison's historical novel

The "nature novel" is emerging as a distinct English genre, on the back of a boom in nature writing.

  • by Delia Falconer
The man who watches YouTube for a living: Lunch with Kevin Allocca
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The man who watches YouTube for a living: Lunch with Kevin Allocca

As head of culture and trends at YouTube, Kevin Allocca is paid to know what's so hot right now, and to try to understand why.

  • by Karl Quinn
Books That Saved My Life review: Michael McGirr on those he has loved

Books That Saved My Life review: Michael McGirr on those he has loved

Michael McGirr blends the lives of authors, their works and events in his own life in 40 essays about roughly 40 books.

  • by Helen Sullivan
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Turning Pages: Remembering those we have lost

Turning Pages: Remembering those we have lost

It is interesting how the obituarists cope with all these deaths: the writers and their works are so diverse, it's almost impossible to put them into any sort of pecking order.

  • by Jane Sullivan
Evening in Paradise review: Lucia Berlin confirms her status as a great writer

Evening in Paradise review: Lucia Berlin confirms her status as a great writer

These stories and a memoir confirm Lucia Berlin's status as a great American short-story writer.

  • by Dominic Amerena
The Chestnut Man review: Soren Sveistrup turns from The Killing to crime fiction

The Chestnut Man review: Soren Sveistrup turns from The Killing to crime fiction

Soren Sveistrup's The Chestnut Man shares many characteristics with his famous television series, The Killing – a multi-layered narrative, social and gender issues, and even its sense of place.

  • by Sue Turnbull
With the end of copyright, old classics get new life

With the end of copyright, old classics get new life

There is a significant tranche of titles that are this month coming out of copyright in the US. What does it mean for publishers and readers?

  • by Alexandra Alter
Here's the sure-fire antidote to cocksure stupidity
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Here's the sure-fire antidote to cocksure stupidity

Summer reading is a sacred pastime. For many of us, it’s about the only time we now have to read without constant distraction.

  • by Tim Soutphommasane