April 7, 1996 |
Judging by this century's literature, we have been (certainly since 1914) and we remain deeply haunted by the shocking images, like shell fragments, of the first World War: the trenches, the shell holes and barbed wire, the mud and excrement, the terrible wounds and the casualties beyond calculation. To this day they are still digging up dangerous unexploded shells in parts of Belgium and France.
September 28, 2007 |
LONDON -- Sebastian Faulks is comfortable in the past, and readers love him for it. It's the present that has eluded him. The British writer is best known for intelligent, stirring historical novels that have sold in the millions: the World War II Resistance saga "Charlotte Gray" and "Birdsong," a story of love and war set in the trenches of World War I. Faulks' latest novel, "Engleby," is a departure -- so much so that he offered to have it published under a pseudonym.
March 31, 2010
A Week in December A Novel Sebastian Faulks Doubleday: 392 pp., $27.95
December 3, 2013 |
It was a threesome in Mumbai that persuaded the judges to give the 2013 Bad Sex in Fiction award to Manil Suri for his novel "The City of Devi. " The award was presented in London on Tuesday by film and television star Joan Collins. In one notable passage, Suri wrote , "Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands -- only Karun's body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei.
November 8, 2013 |
Long-dead folk hero Woody Guthrie leads the contenders for the 2013 Bad Sex in Fiction prize . The shortlist was announced by the Literary Review, a London literary journal that endeavors -- through embarrassment, mostly -- to coax novelists to do a better job writing about sex. Guthrie wrote his only completed novel, "House of Earth," in 1947. It had been filed away with Guthrie's papers and languished undiscovered until recently, when scholar Douglas Brinkley came across a mention and went looking for it. Johnny Depp launched his HarperCollins imprint with it in October of this year.
December 23, 2012 |
A Possible Life A Novel in Five Parts Sebastian Faulks Henry Holt: 304 pp. $25 -- In the wake of bestselling, highly praised historical tales such as "Birdsong" and "Charlotte Gray," Sebastian Faulks has been hailed as one of those authors who straddles art and commerce -- which may be another way of saying he belongs to neither camp entirely. We should not be surprised, then, that his latest book, "A Possible Life," gravitates between poles of its own. At first blush, it is a collection of five longish short stories, self-containable, not obviously related, ranging in era from early 19th century France to futuristic Italy.